Carol J. Williams is a retired foreign correspondent with 30 years' reporting abroad for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. She has reported from more than 80 countries, with a focus on USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe.
Thirty years ago this week: Over three tumultuous days, 4 million East Germans – a quarter of the population -- flooded into West Berlin to a joyous reception. But expectations of a more peaceful and collaborative world have been dampened by new threats.
As a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times covering the aftermath of the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, I was in Kiev on August 24, 1991, when Ukraine declared independence. No one expected the transformation to be overnight. But neither did anyone envision the tortured path the nation has tread for almost three decades.
It was uplifting to hear such passionate and detailed plans for averting the obliteration of Planet Earth from all 10 leading Democratic presidential candidates at the CNN climate forum Wednesday night.