While attempting to relate the theme of this year’s conference to my presentation - it occurred to me that the metaphor "Winds of Change" unfortunately didn’t come dose to describing the magnitude of the events that have taken place in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

Perhaps use of greater natural phenomena might be more appropriate in this case -- say -- "Hurricanes of Change" or possibly "Earthquakes of Change".

Or -- how about the ultimate? -- the "Mother of All Changes!"

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