POSTPONED: Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher: How Their Relationship Mattered and Why the Cold War Ended When it Did

April 16, 2020, 1:30-2:30pm
6th Floor, Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Join the Wilson Center for a talk with Archie Brown (emeritus professor of politics, Oxford University) on the relationship between Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher around the end of the Cold War. Brown rejects the popular view that American military or economic superiority forced the Soviet Union to admit defeat in the Cold War. Political leadership, he argues, was of decisive significance, particularly Gorbachev’s emergence, which was not a product of U.S. policy. The unexpected triangular relationship of Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher produced changing perceptions on all sides, with Thatcher surprisingly influential, given the disparity between British military power and that of the U.S. and USSR.

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Check back on the Wilson Center's website later for a rescheduled date.


Archie Brown, emeritus professor of politics, Oxford University

Christian F. Ostermann (moderator), director, History and Public Policy Program, Cold War International History Project, North Korea Documentation Project, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, Wilson Center

Eric Arnesen (moderator), fellow, Wilson Center; professor of history, George Washington University