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The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Irvine


Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

“Ending the Cold War 20 Years Ago: Lessons for Today”

Jack F. Matlock, Jr.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union
Adjunct Professor, School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lecture: 7:00 — 8:30 p.m.
Books available for purchase
& signing following lecture

Social Science Hall 100
University of California, Irvine


Jack Foust Matlock, Jr. is a 35-year career veteran of the United States Foreign Service and was the country’s ambassador to the Soviet Union when the Cold War ended (1986-1991). Matlock has held academic posts since 1991, including George F. Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1996-2001), and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor in the Practice of International Diplomacy at Columbia University (1991-1996) where he currently is an adjunct professor of international and public affairs. He is the author of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended; Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray — and How to Return to Reality; and Autopsy on an Empire: The American Ambassador’s Account of the Collapse of the Soviet Union. In his talk, Matlock will discuss the forces that brought about the end of the Cold War and provide personal insight on foreign policy lessons learned that are still important today. His talk commemorates the up-coming 20th anniversary of the end of the Cold War.


The Margolis Lecture Series annually brings to campus distinguished political and policy-making leaders who speak on important international issues. Established in 1991, the series honors Julius Margolis, economics professor emeritus and founding CGPACS board member. This year’s lecture is made possible by CGPACS, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), and Peace Gift. For more information, please visit www.cgpacs.uci.edu or www.socsci.uci.edu/~cpb.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $8.00 in the Social Science Parking Structure on the corner of Campus Drive and Stanford. Please RSVP to Sandy Cushman, scushman@uci.edu or 949-824-3344.

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