Past event


20 Years On: Perspectives on the Fall of the Soviet Union

Chatham House, London

Event documents

Transcript - Rodric Braithwaite and Jack Matlock
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Transcript - Rodric Braithwaite and Jack Matlock Q&A
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Sir Rodric Braithwaite GCMG, British Ambassador to the Soviet Union and subsequently to the Russian Federation (1988-92) and Chairman, UK Joint Intelligence Committee (1992-93)
Ambassador Jack Matlock, US Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1987-91) and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1983-86)
Chair: John Lloyd, Contributing Editor, Financial Times and Director of Journalism, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford


The relatively peaceful fall of the Soviet Union was possibly the most geopolitically momentous event in the second half of the 20th century. Twenty years on, the fifteen successor states, Russia especially, have by and large not developed as expected. Former US and UK Ambassadors Jack Matlock and Sir Rodric Braithwaite were both in Moscow as the Soviet Union disintegrated. In this commemorative meeting, they will share personal reflections on those tumultuous events and discuss why Russia's path has been so difficult since then.

There will be a reception following this event.

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed for members only. The webcast will be made available here at 18:00 on Thursday 3 November.