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Conversations on RussiaReform from Yeltsin to Putin$
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Padma Desai

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300611.001.0001

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The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

(p.325) Chapter 15 The Road Ahead
Conversations on Russia

Jack Matlock

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Jack Matlock Jr., U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, is the author of Autopsy on an Empire: The American Ambassador's Account of the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1995) and Reagan and Gorbachev: The End of the Cold War (2004). He assessed the impact of Putin's illiberal measures on Russia's nascent democracy and on U.S.–Russian foreign policy in two interviews between 2003 and early 2005. He believes that Putin has a better understanding of Russia's interests than Yeltsin. The danger is that he will go too far in recentralizing political authority and rely too heavily on police methods. He pointed out that the end of the Cold War gave the Soviet leadership an opportunity to reform without the pressures of an adversarial U.S.–Soviet relationship.

Keywords:   Jack Matlock Jr., democracy, Russian foreign policy, Putin, Yeltsin, Cold War

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