Lukes Interviewed on the Passing of Mikhail Gorbachev

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev waving from the Red Square tribune during a Revolution Day celebration in Moscow on November 7, 1989. AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko, File

In an interview with BU Today, Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, offers a perspective on the death of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Lukes has written extensively on the interwar period, the Cold War, as well as contemporary developments in East Central Europe and Russia, so he was able to provide a very informed perspective on the controversial Soviet Union leader. In his discussion with BU Today, Lukes discussed Gorbachev’s role in normalizing USSR-United States relations, the differences between him and Vladimir Putin, and how Russia under Gorbachev differs from today. 

The full interview can be read on BU Today‘s website.

Igor Lukes is a past winner of the 1997 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2020 winner of the Gitner Prize for Faculty Excellence at the Pardee School. He writes primarily about Central Europe. His work has won the support of various other institutions, including Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Woodrow Wilson Center, IREX, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more about Professor Lukes on his faculty profile.