Reading Time: 9 minutes On March 10, 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev ascended to the premiership of the Soviet Union. By the time he resigned in December 1991, roughly 2,500 days later, the geopolitical map of the world had been redrawn, including a reunified Germany and a wave of democracy in Eastern Europe. The Soviets’ longest conventional war ended; a 45-year unconventional conflict that brought the world to the brink of annihilation wound down peacefully; and his own nation lay in pieces around his feet.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Mikhail Gorbachev has died at the age of 91. As the last leader of the former Soviet Union, Gorbachev brought historic political and economic changes to the USSR, and played a key role in ending the Cold War. During his time in power, Gorbachev attempted to democratize institutions and improve government transparency. He was a […]