The Ambassadorial Series is a one-of-a-kind docuseries featuring in-depth interviews with eight of the living former U.S. ambassadors to Russia and the Soviet Union.
In eight hour-long videos, the ambassadors recall their experiences in strikingly personal terms. They share private photos, insights from high-stakes negotiations, and reflections on the challenges and dangers they sometimes faced. The ambassadors discuss a range of geopolitical issues from their decades of experience, including the Soviet Union’s breakup, the 1991 attempted coup, President Yeltsin’s 1993 standoff, the early years of President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s response to 9/11, and the 2008 Russo-Georgian war. The ambassadors also discuss nuclear, cyber, and economic cooperation, the impact of sanctions, and how social media and other technology changed their ability to communicate with the Russian people.
The videos are hosted by Jill Dougherty, former CNN Moscow bureau chief.
Jack F. Matlock
Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1987-1991
Thomas R. Pickering
Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 1993-1996
James F. Collins
Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 1997-2001
Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2001-2005
Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2008-2012
Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2012-2014
John F. Tefft
Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2014-2017
Jon Huntsman Jr.
Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2017-2019
This series was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements and view expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.
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