Dusk of Soviet Era
Jack Matlock – US Ambassador to the USSR, 1987-1991
It’s been 20 years since one of the two world superpowers disappeared from the map.
The Soviet Union collapsed into 15 sovereign states, opening a new era in global politics.
The Cold War may have ended, but Russia–US relations were still far from easy, although Moscow’s approach to its former rival became considerably more friendly and rational.
So, can Russia and the US ever be good buddies? Or will the ghost of the Cold War haunt relations forever?
We speak to the man who watched events unfold from inside the US embassy building in Moscow; the last American ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock.