Gorbachev to talk at UW

By Susann Robbins

Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev will speak Friday, 0ct. 14, at the University of Wyoming Arena Auditorium in Laramie at 3:30 p.m.

A news release from UW said Gorbachev will speak about “Global Unrest and International Leadership in the 21st Century.” The event is free to the public; however, no large bags or backpacks or photographs are allowed.

For most, the name Gorbachev is inseparably linked with the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe. With his glasnost policy, he influenced millions of people, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, acknowledging the former Russian President’s achievements at the opening of the special exhibition “Mikhail Gorbachev—From the Family Album.”

Gorbachev’s achievements can be linked to two major reforms:

These reforms and his warming foreign affair relations to the U.S., the agreement to destroy all existing intermediate-range nuclear-tipped missile, lead to the end of the Cold War, lifted the Iron Curtain and transformed Europe, history.com said.

Gorbachev remembers the path to the German unity 1989–90 was a long and difficult process. All relationships had to adapt to the new situation; Soviet-German relations as well as relations to America and its allies Great Britain and France. Initially, the French president and the British rime minister were opposed to a reunion of the two German states, according to bundesregierung.de.