4Sep, 2019

An Oral History Interview with Ambassador Jack Matlock

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The Harriman Institute | September 4, 2019

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University conducted an oral history interview with former Rubenstein Fellow at Duke, Ambassador Jack Matlock. Read the interview online.

13May, 2019

Ambassador Jack and Rebecca Matlock Archives Open at Duke University

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American Diplomacy | May, 2019

Diplomacy, to my mind, is a thoughtful, patient, and long-term approach to international relations, a constant building of relationships, leading eventually and hopefully to trust, cooperation and mutual benefit.   It is not merely a negotiation, no matter how successful. Without the foundation of the relationship, you might “win” once, but not so […]

31Jan, 2019

‘We Must Not Call it Victory’: New Archives Illustrate U.S. Cold War Strategy

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Duke Today | January 31, 2019
By Eric Ferreri

As he headed to Switzerland in 1985 for a landmark first summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, President Ronald Reagan wrote a quick note that became a guiding principle for the American administration. It said simply: “Whatever we achieve, we must not call it victory.” This hand-scribbled lesson in nuance […]

25Sep, 2018

Former U.S. Ambassador Draws Connections between Cold War Negotiations, Modern-day Relations

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The Chronicle | September 24, 2018
By Amelia Martin

Lessons from the Cold War can be applied to today’s political climate, former U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock said at an event Wednesday.

Matlock, a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union and a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke, gave a talk at Perkins Library Wednesday to discuss U.S.-Soviet Union relations throughout the […]

11Jul, 2018

US Intel Report on Russian Meddling ‘shabby & politically motivated’ – Ex-US Envoy to Soviet Union

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Russian Times | July 5, 2018

A former US ambassador to the Soviet Union has slammed the intelligence report on alleged Russian election meddling, saying it lacks hard facts and omits relevant agencies, while media and politicians have failed to ask questions.

Jack Matlock served as US ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, and […]

11Jul, 2018

Musings II … The “Intelligence Community,” “Russian Interference,” and Due Diligence

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June 29, 2018
By Jack F. Matlock Jr.

Did the U.S. “Intelligence Community” judge that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election?

Most commentators seem to think so. Every news report I have read of the planned meeting of Presidents Trump and Putin in July refers to “Russian interference” as a fact and asks whether the matter will be […]

6Jun, 2018

Amid ‘Russiagate’ Hysteria, What Are the Facts?

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The Nation | June 1, 2018
By Jack F. Matlock Jr.
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”
That saying—often misattributed to Euripides—comes to mind most mornings when I pick up The New York Times and read the latest “Russiagate” headlines, which are frequently featured across two or three columns on the front page above the fold. This is […]

6Jun, 2018

Gorbachev Arrives in Washington for Summit, May 30, 1990

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Politico | May 30, 2018
By Andrew Glass

On this day in 1990, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Washington, D.C., for three days of talks with President George H.W. Bush. A potentially reunited Germany and its future place in Europe served as one focal point for the summit meeting.

At the time, Gorbachev faced stiff political headwinds […]

10May, 2018

To Make History at North Korea Summit, Trump Should Prepare Like Reagan did for Gorbachev

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USA Today | May 10, 2018
By John Heubusch, Opinion contributor
With the release of three U.S. detainees in North Korea and Kim Jong Un’s recent reported openness to abandoning a nuclear weapons program, President Trump has gained some ground in potentially resolving the decades-long conflict in Korea. With such high stakes, Trump and his advisers should […]

21Feb, 2018

Russia and Turkey: ‘A Marriage of Convenience’ That is Asserting Itself in the Middle East

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Duke Today | February 19, 2018
By Steve Hartsoe

Jack Matlock, Robert Pearson and Dimitar Bechev discuss the new Russian-Turkish coalition that is shifting power relations in the Middle East. Photo by Jared Lazarus
As a major international actor, Russia has a weaker hand than the United States – a smaller economy, population and military might – but often appears more […]