This event will feature a lecture by Jack Matlock, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union and to Czechoslovakia. Discussants include Peter Eltsov, professor at the National Defense University, and Holger Moroff, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany.
Matlock served as U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 and 1991, and ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1983. He entered the Foreign Service in 1956 and became an expert in Soviet affairs during some of the most tumultuous years of the Cold War. His first assignment to Moscow was in 1961, and it was from the embassy there that he experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis, helping to translate diplomatic messages between the U.S. and Soviet leaders. He was soon posted to West Africa and also served in East Africa during the post-colonial period of superpower rivalry. Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 1991, Matlock has taught on the faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and he went on to teach diplomacy and U.S. foreign relations at several New England colleges. He currently teaches at Duke University and continues to frequently travel to Russia and write and consult about Russian politics.
This event is part of the Krasno Event Series, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.