THE BLOG
11/06/2014 04:34 am ET Updated Jan 05, 2015

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The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this week. People on both sides filled the streets in celebration, cheered on by virtually everyone around the world. For all of us who were alive then, it remains one of the most hopeful historical moments we've ever experienced.

For the previous two generations, people everywhere had lived in fear. In the East, repressive surveillance states turned neighbor against neighbor. In the West, we lived under the specter of nuclear war and spent a huge share of our wealth on our military, at a terrible social cost. The overarching conflict between the US and the Soviet Union drove proxy wars worldwide.