Flash Panel: “Glasnost and Gorbachev in 2022: The Old Cold War and Its End?”


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Regan Gorbachev Arrive Reykjavik Summit Nov
U.S President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev at the Hofdi House in Reykjavik, Iceland, during the Reykjavik Summit, November 10, 1986. Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library.

The passing of Mikhail Gorbachev has revived memories of glasnost, perestroika, and the hopes for one free world that were raised by his turn toward openness and reform. Moving scenes of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 — a literal cutting of the Iron Curtain — were followed by a phase of enthusiasm for democracy and a smaller world. The end of the Cold War was celebrated in many countries. 

Over thirty years later, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, humanity finds itself in a very different world. Do the crises of 2022 cast Mikhail Gorbachev and the period in which he led the Soviet Union in a different light? Do they reshape interpretations of the Cold War, how it ended, or even raise the question of whether it did end? Is there hope for a less divided world? These questions will be explored by a panel of speakers from the worlds of diplomacy, policymaking, and religious faith, representing different experiences and expertise.

Free and open to all. A live stream will be available on the Nanovic Institute's YouTube channel and here on this event page.

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Cosponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures.


  • Tobias Boes

    Tobias Boes
    Professor of German Studies, Department Chair, German and Russian Languages and Literatures
    Faculty Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
    University of Notre Dame

  • Dina Fainberg

    Dina Fainberg
    Senior Lecturer in Modern History
    Department of International Politics
    City University of London

  • Sławomir Łukasiewicz

    Sławomir Łukasiewicz
    Professor of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
    Visiting Scholar, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
    Kosciuszko Foundation grantee 2022

  • Serhii Plokhii

    Serhii Plokhii
    Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and Director
    Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

  • Clemens Sedmak

    Moderated by Clemens Sedmak
    Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
    Professor of Social Ethics, Keough School of Global Affairs
    University of Notre Dame