In his keynote speeches, former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, reflects on the challenges prior to the opening up of Eastern Europe and warns against dominence of any one political system. He is a charismatic and engaging speaker delivering speeches in Russian and interpreted into other lanuguages as required.
Nobel Peace Prize
Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. He brought the cold war to an end and was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his influence in defusing East-West tensions.
The son of a farmer and educated as a lawyer, he was (and still is) a dynamic and forceful character. He embarked on a radical programme of economic and social reform, summarised as glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring). The political changes introduced under his watch, included the toleration of dissident views, ultimately leading, in 1990, to the Communist Party losing its monopoly of power.
Mikhail Gorbachev's keynote speeches inspire audiences around the globe with a call for a global community and shared respect, and warns of the dangers of dominence by any one political system. He looks back at what led up to the opening up of Eastern Europe, and the challenges and lessons learned along the way. In particular, he addresses the threat of Islamic terrorism and climate change, which require collaboration between all nations - East and West.
Former General Secretary
Communist Party of the Soviet Union