Miller Center

The Collapse of the Soviet Union: A Roundtable Discussion on the Twentieth Anniversary

Melvyn P. Leffler Melvyn P. Leffler
Allen C Lynch Allen C Lynch
Yuri V Urbanovich Yuri V Urbanovich
Jeffrey J. Rossman Jeffrey J. Rossman

Speakers: Melvyn P. Leffler, Allen C Lynch, Yuri V Urbanovich, Jeffrey J. Rossman
Date: November 11, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM


Why did the Soviet Union collapse in 1991?  What role did domestic and international factors play in the collapse?  What have been the consequences of the collapse for the international community, the Soviet successor states, and the peoples of the former Soviet Union?  These and other questions will be the focus of this roundtable discussion featuring four University of Virginia faculty experts.

Chair/Moderator:  Melvyn P. Leffler, Edward Stettinus Professor of History, University of Virginia


Allen C. Lynch, Hugh S. & Winifred B. Cumming Memorial Chair in International Affairs, Department of Politics, University of Virginia:  "The Historical and International Implications of the Soviet Collapse"

Jeffrey J. Rossman, Associate Professor of History and Director, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Virginia:  "Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?

Yuri Urbanovich, Lecturer, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia; formerly Associate Professor, Diplomatic Academy, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Moscow):  "Nationalism and the Collapse of the Soviet Union"

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