Jack F. Matlock, Jr.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Jack F. Matlock, Jr. participated in the World Leaders Forum event, Where Is Russia Headed?, in April 2007.

Mr. Matlock, a retired diplomat, has held academic posts since 1991: Sol Linowitz Professor of International Relations, Hamilton College (2006); visiting professor and lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton University (2001-2004); George F. Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study (1996-2001); senior research fellow and then Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor in the Practice of International Diplomacy at Columbia University (1991-1996).

During his 35 years in the American Foreign Service (1956-1991), he served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1987-1991); special assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and senior director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff (1983-1986); and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1981-1983).

Before his appointment to Moscow as Ambassador, Mr. Matlock served three tours at the American Embassy in the Soviet Union, as Vice Consul and Third Secretary (1961-1963), Minister Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission (1974-1978), and Chargé d'Affaires ad interim (1981). His other Foreign Service assignments were in Vienna, Munich, Accra, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, in addition to tours in Washington, D.C. as Director of Soviet Affairs in the State Department (1971-1974) and as deputy director of the Foreign Service Institute (1979-1980). Before entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Matlock was instructor in Russian language and literature at Dartmouth College (1953-1956). During the 1978-79 academic year, he was a visiting professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

He is the author of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended (Random House, 2004); Autopsy on an Empire: The American Ambassador's Account of the Collapse of the Soviet Union (Random House, 1995); and a handbook to the thirteen-volume Russian edition of Stalin's Collected Works (Washington, D.C. 1955, 2nd edition, New York, 1971).

Mr. Matlock was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on October 1, 1929, and was educated at Duke University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1950) and at Columbia University (M.A. and certificate from the Russian Institute, 1952). He has been awarded honorary doctorates by four institutions. In addition to the books noted, he is the author of numerous articles on foreign policy, international relations, and Russian literature and history. He and his wife, the former Rebecca Burrum, divide their time between Booneville, Tennessee, and Princeton, New Jersey. They have five children and three grandchildren.

Participated In

Where Is Russia Headed?

Date: April 27, 2007 from 1:15 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Low Memorial Library
The question, "Where Is Russia headed?" has become
a central preoccupation on the world stage. Is Russian democracy at bay? Is a
new Cold War beginning? This forum brings together world-class U.S. scholars,
journalists, diplomats, and Russian leaders to discuss these issues frankly.