From Gorbachev to Putin

An Interview with Amb. Jack Matlock

Only Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev could have ended the Cold War. So says Jack Matlock, who knew the key players and saw that triumph of diplomacy as an eyewitness. He served as our ambassador to the Soviets during the last years of the U.S.S.R and as senior director for European and Soviet affairs on the National Security Council. Matlock spent decades observing Russia as a diplomat and top-level policy thinker. Here, he explains how to avoid geopolitical conflict and how we should think about Vladimir Putin.

Octavian Report: To what extent were Reagan and Gorbachev as people essential to ending the Cold War?

Ambassador Jack Matlock: I think only Reagan and Gorbachev would have been able to do what they did. You had to have the two of …

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