Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series,
and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction
as a global forum for ideas. Archival photos are courtesy of Mr. Matlock.
Welcome to a "Conversation on International Affairs." I'm Harry Kreisler of
the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Ambassador Jack
Matlock. Ambassador Matlock served four tours at the American Embassy in the
Soviet Union before taking up his present position as George F. Kennan
Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Ambassador Matlock
was the last U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.
- Background ... studying language
and literature ... developing a rapport with the culture and the people ...
choosing diplomatic service
- George Kennan and the "X" Article
- Reagan Policies toward the Soviet Union ...
a consistent policy ... Reagan's immunity to criticism from the right
- The End of the Cold War, the Collapse of
Communism, and the Fall of the Soviet Union ... ending
the Cold War ... protecting human rights ... Alexander Yakovlev and the
end of the class struggle ... encouraging freedom over independence
- Common Interests ... national
interests ... ending the arms race ... economic interests
- Gorbachev ... undermining
the Communist Party ... failure in economic reform ... the use of force ...
- Evaluating U.S. Policy: Past, Present,
and Future ... Strategic Defense Initiative ... implications of
the Chernobyl disaster for Soviet nuclear policy ... bringing Russia into
the European security system
- The Weimar Analogy
- The Work of Diplomacy ... knowing
the culture ... understanding the needs at home ... avoiding confrontation
- Advice to Students
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