The End of the Cold War (U.S. Global Engagement Interview Series)

Arkady Murashev on "Reforming" the Moscow Police Force (1991-92) | 06/11/12 Arkady Murashev, David C. Speedie Active in Russian politics since the early days of Perestroika, Arkady Murashev discusses his part in bringing down the Soviet Union and and working towards a new form of government.

Thomas E. Graham on the End of the Cold War and Beyond | 08/05/11 Thomas E. Graham, David C. Speedie Graham discusses the turbulent period of the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s in Russia, including the relationship between Yeltsin and Gorbachev and the role of other prominent people of the time.  He goes on to analyze the post-Cold War multi-polar world.

Gennady Burbulis on the Dissolution of the USSR | 08/01/11 Gennady Burbulis, David C. Speedie Burbulis was one of the drafters and signers of the 1991 Belavezha Accords, which declared the Soviet Union effectively dissolved. In this interview he discusses the significance of the Accords, his close association with Yeltsin, and the role of the Krieble Institute.

Ambassador Jack Matlock on the 1991 Soviet Coup Attempt | 07/18/11 Jack F. Matlock, David C. Speedie Today, almost all Russians are convinced that the U.S. brought down the USSR by military and economic pressure. But this is the opposite of the truth, says U.S. Ambassador to the USSR Jack Matlock.

Alexandr Urmanov on Democratic Elections and Campaigning for Yeltsin | 06/14/11 Alexandr Urmanov, David C. Speedie Urmanov recalls his relationship with Yeltsin--he directed his presidential campaign in 1989/1990--and with the Krieble Institute, which trained Russians in election techniques. Urmanov brought Institute staff to the Urals, formerly off-limits to foreigners, and they invited him to the U.S.  

Mikhail Reznikov on Working to Bring Democracy to Russia | 06/10/11 Mikhail Reznikov, David C. Speedie When Krieble Institute representatives from the U.S. first visited Russia, it was "like a collision of civilizations," recalls Reznikov. He got involved in Russian politics in the heady days of 1989 and worked with the Institute to train people across Russia in the workings of democratic elections.

Interview with Gavriil Popov, First Democratically Elected Mayor of Moscow | 05/19/11 Gavriil Popov, David C. Speedie Gavriil Popov was mayor of Moscow in the turbulent days of the early 1990s, and his key appointees played crucial roles in bringing about the end of the Soviet Union.

Evgeny Savostiyanov on Dismantling the Moscow Communist KGB | 05/18/11 Evgeny Savostiyanov, David C. Speedie Evgeny Savostiyanov was one of two key appointments made by "reformist" Mayor Gavriil Popov during his brief tenure as mayor of Moscow from 1990-92. Savostiyanov was made head of the Moscow KGB, with a view to "dismantling" the old Soviet-era version.

John Exnicios on Training USSR Dissidents | 02/22/11 John Exnicios, David C. Speedie David Speedie interviews John Exnicios, former vice president of the Krieble Institute. Exnicios played a lead role in training Russian dissidents in the last years of the Soviet Union.

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