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Academic study of reconciliation in the last three decades has focused on the process of converting enmity to amity in virtually every corner of the world, from Europe to Africa, Southeast and Northeast Asia to Latin America. Missing from this list is the United States. Given the current fragility of the American polity and society, coupled with the hope and optimism of the Biden administration, now might be the time for Reconciliation Studies to focus on the United States, in general, and its subjugation of Black people, in particular. The presentation will apply inward the principles of reconciliation gleaned from the study of the longest and most successful case of international reconciliation: Germany’s post-1945 relations with its former enemies.


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