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The Polish Roundtable Talks and the End of the Cold War

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 6.30pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Vladislav Zubok, Anne Applebaum, Eugeniusz Smolar and Nigel Thorpe; Chair: Dr Piers Ludlow

The Polish roundtable talks and subsequent elections on 4 June 1989 were a crucial step in ending the Cold War. 25 years later, LSE IDEAS and the Polish Embassy in London invite witnesses of the Polish Democratic Transition to join academics to discuss the importance of the events for Poland, for Europe, and for the world.

This event, co-organised with the Polish Embassy in London, is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please email us here.

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Professor Vladislav Zubok is Professor of International History at LSE and Head of the Russian International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.


Anne Applebaum  is Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS and former Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs.



Eugeniusz Smolar is a Polish journalist. He was a member of the Polish opposition movement during the 1980s and Director of the BBC Polish Section from 1988 to 1997.



Nigel Thorpe is a former British diplomat who served twice in Warsaw, was Head of the FCO Central European Department, and Ambassador to Hungary.




Dr Piers Ludlow is Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS.



Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. Map.



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