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 […]

4Oct, 2017

Why Russia Fears America’s Missile Defenses

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The National Interest | September 29, 2017
By Dave Majumdar

In recent weeks, Russia has conducted a number of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests with experimental payloads that are designed to penetrate advanced missile defenses. The idea is to ensure that Russian nuclear weapons can reach their targets even in the event that their targets are protected […]

20Jun, 2017

Interview: Applying Lessons Of The Cold War To Current U.S.-Russia Relations

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NPR, WVXU Cincinnati | June 15, 2017
By Mark Heyne

Ambassador Matlock was in Cincinnati this week for the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council speaker series America Faces Its Global Challenges. He spoke with us about lessons from the Cold War and how they can apply to public policy today…

25May, 2017

Matlock and Djerejian Talk Stalin’s Monument and Meeting with Mikoyan

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Media Max |May 23, 2017
By Areg Galstyan

The last U.S. Ambassador to USSR Jack Matlock and one of USA’s best Middle East experts, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Syria Edward Djerejian delivered speeches today at the conference “End of Transition Armenia 25 years On, Now What?” organized by USC Institute of Armenian Studies.

Jack Matlock said he first […]

27Mar, 2017

Jack Matlock on Exploring Russia and Putin’s Motives

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Duke Today | March 21, 2017
By Julie Schoonmaker
Jack Matlock, former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and a current Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, discusses Russia’s motivations for hacking Democratic National Committee emails in the months prior to the 2016 US presidential election. His comments came during a conversation with Duke Today about Russia.
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27Mar, 2017

The Diplomat Chimes In

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Duke Magazine | March 6, 2017
By Robert J. Bliwise

Here’s an exercise to focus the mind: Imagine a new nuclear-arms race with no end in sight—except, maybe, Armageddon. And so in late January, Jack Matlock’s personal website carried his “Open Message for Presidents Trump and Putin.” As the two leaders were preparing for a phone chat, the […]

8Mar, 2017

Contacts with Russian Embassy

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March 4, 2017
By Jack Matlock

Our press seems to be in a feeding frenzy regarding contacts that President Trump’s supporters had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and with other Russian diplomats. The assumption seems to be that there was something sinister about these contacts, just because they were with Russian diplomats. As one who spent […]