The Student Group of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations held a private forum with Ambassador Jack Matlock.
Dr. Matlock’s talk drew on themes raised in his 2011 book with Yale University Press, Superpower Illusions. A 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Jack F. Matlock was appointed Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-1991, after having served as Ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1981-3. He has also served the US in Vienna, Munich, Accra, Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam. Ambassador Matlock served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1983 until 1986. In 1991 he retired from the Foreign Service to a career in academia, and has held posts at Princeton, Hamilton College, Mt. Holyoke College, and the Institute for Advanced Study (where he was George F. Kennan Professor from 1996 to 2001), as well as here at Columbia. He is a Harriman Institute alum and holds a Columbia Ph.D.