T 59 – Commemorating 1989, the Year That Changed the Map of Europe (and Thereby the World)


This commemorative brochure recalls the events of 1989 as seen through the lens of the Trilateral Commission’s activity in 1989 and1990 and reflects on the significance of those events only twenty years earlier. Included are notes, meeting minutes, newspaper articles, and Commission reports from that historic year, as well as recent reminiscences and reflections from members, associates, and friends of the Commission.

Table of Contents

 January 15-18, 1989: The Trilateral Commission in Moscow

  • The Soviet Archives opened
  • Notes by David Rockefeller on the meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Notes on the Meeting held at the USSR Defence Ministry
  • The New York Times on January 19th

April 8-10, 1989: The Commission's Meeting in Paris

  • The East-West Relations Task Force Report
    • Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Henry A. Kissinger, Yasuhiro Nakasone
  • The Paris Trilateral Chairmen Statement
    • Georges Berthoin, David Rockefeller, Isamu Yamashita
  • The International Herald Tribune on April 16th
  • Archives from the U.S.-Soviet Summit in Malta on December 3rd

April 21-23, 1990: The Commission's Meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Bronislaw Geremek, Otto Lambsdorff, Zbigniew Brzezinski

Datelines on the Commission & East-West Relations

Twenty Years Later: Reminiscences & Reflections

  • Jerzy Baczynski, Georges Berthoin, Béla Kádár, Sergey A. Karaganov, Otto Graf Lambsdorff, Chris Patten, Serge Schmemann, Strobe Talbott

August 1989: The Picnic that Changed Europe

  • Carl Bildt in Sopron/Hungary on August 19, 2009
  • Topics: Economics, Energy, Trade, Security, Multilateral Cooperation
  • Region:  North America, Europe, Pacific Asia
  • Publisher:  Trilateral Commission
  • Publication Date:  © November 2009
  • Pages:  82 pages
  • Complete Text: Click here to download
  • Keywords: 

    USSR, Russia, Europe, East-West Relations