Nicholas Burns on the end of the Cold War

Our Best Foreign Policy President
The Boston Globe
December 9, 2011
Op-ed by: Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: End of the Cold War

“TWENTY YEARS ago this week, three courageous Soviet republic presidents, led by Russia’s Boris Yeltsin, met near Minsk to plot the destruction of their country. Less than three weeks later, on Christmas Day 1991, their decision forced the end of a once great and powerful empire that splintered into 15 new states as the communist hammer and sickle was lowered from the Kremlin. Early that morning, as a young National Security Council aide, I listened in as a notetaker from my home phone in Virginia as President George H.W. Bush made a farewell call to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.”

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