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Join us for a discussion of Mikhail Gorbachev’s December 1988 address to the United Nations, U.S./Western reactions and considerations at the time.

Gorbachev’s address became pivotal for Soviet policy and for the thawing of the Cold War at large. Not only did he announce the end of Moscow's nine-year intervention in Afghanistan, he stated that the Red Army would be reduced by 500,000 men within two years and that he would withdraw 50,000 troops and 5,000 tanks from East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. He further declared that “freedom of choice” was a “universal principle;” and that "force and the threats of force should no longer be instruments of foreign policy.” What did the Reagan, then Bush Administration make of this? And what was the fallout of this speech and the summit at Governor’s Island for 1989 and beyond? ​

Andrey Kozyrev,
former Foreign Minister of Russia

Pavel Palazhchenko,
Head of International and Media Relations, Gorbachev Foundation;
former Principal English Interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze

Thomas W. Simons Jr.,
former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Pakistan; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for relations with the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Yugoslavia

Kristina Spohr,
Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs

  • When: Thu Dec. 6
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Address: 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington DC,US 20036

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