Russians' Disapproval of Gorbachev Shouldn't Dominate How He is Remembered
by Walter G. Moss
The combination of post-Soviet hardship, resurgent nationalism, and the destructiveness of the Ukraine war have led many Americans to embrace Russians' dim view of Mikhail Gorbachev. A historian of Russia says the leader had his faults, but his furtherance of humane values has been underrated.
SOURCE: The Editorial Board
Gorbachev Became a Hero to the West Through Massive Failure
by Erik Loomis
Americans need to evaluate Gorbachev outside of their own nationalist perspective, despite feeling that the end of the Cold War was a good thing. The people he affected most see him as a failure.
SOURCE: The Conversation
The Contradictory Legacy of Gorbachev and "Revolution From Above"
by Ronald Suny
"A great emancipator, Gorbachev left a mixed legacy. He expanded freedom for millions but at the same time unleashed roiling waves of nationalism and left the upturned soil for renewed authoritarianism."
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Gorbachev Never Understood What He Set in Motion
by Anne Applebaum
Sometimes seen as a visionary reformer, Gorbachev may have started the USSR's economic death spiral by restricting the sale of vodka to increase worker productivity.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Gorbachev's Greatness Was in His Failure
by Tom Nichols
Gorbachev's personal decency made him the wrong man for his chosen task of saving Soviet Communism from collapse; today his reputation is far higher in the west than in the former USSR.
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
Gorbachev's Vacuum: His Legacy and Russia's Wars
by Michael Kimmage
The last Soviet leader failed to intuit the ultimate consequences of the changes he unleashed, from the collapse of the USSR to the revival of Russian imperialsm.
SOURCE: The Bulwark
Despite US Missteps, Nothing about NATO Since 1991 Justifies Putin's Invasion
by Cathy Young
Attempts to blame Putin's aggression on the post-Cold War growth of NATO have traction on the left and right, but they simplify the history of the Russian federation and ignore the expansionist moves that made Russia's neighbors draw closer to western Europe.
SOURCE: The Baffler
How Empires Fall
by Matt Wehmeier
"Decisive political moments are rarely expected, and even more rarely planned. Governments change all the time. But every once in a while, empires fall."
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed
Meeting Gorbachev, Fleeing Imelda
by Astrid S. Tuminez
The contrasting political fortunes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Imelda Marcos offer a warning that public-spirited leadership is not always rewarded as much as naked personal ambition.
30 Years Ago This Week Ronald Reagan Did Something No One Could Have Expected Years Earlier
by David Foglesong
He cut a deal with Russia. How he did it is worth remembering.
Bill Keller: Maggie and Gorby
Bill Keller is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. Prior to this role he was the executive editor of The Times, a role he held since 2003.
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