We are working closely with Rice University to monitor the continued impact of Covid-19 on our community. The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority. All gatherings at Baker Hall through April 30 have been canceled. A current list of scheduled online events is available at bakerinstitute.org/events and will be updated with new webcasts and webinars. Please refer to emergency.rice.edu/coronavirus for additional information and updates.

Remembering Helmut Kohl

Secretary James A. Baker, III, released a statement on the passing of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, architect of Germany’s reunification after the end of the Cold War:

“Germany has lost one of its greatest leaders, the United States has lost one of its best friends, and the world has lost a ringing voice for freedom. More than anyone at the end of the Cold War, Chancellor Helmut Kohl was the architect of the reunification of Germany, a historic event that brought freedom to millions and has helped make Europe safer and more prosperous. Together with his close personal friend, president George H.W. Bush, they convinced the world to put East and West Germany back together as a member of NATO almost a half century after the division of Europe following World War II. The world can be extremely grateful that this visionary leader and great man has walked among us.”



Secretary Baker with Chancellor Kohl at the Baker Institute in 2003.  



Chancellor Kohl and Secretary Baker are pictured next to a section of the Berlin Wall that stands on the southeast corner of Baker Hall.