Presentation of the Book “Phenomenon Mikhail Gorbachev”

BRICS Multimedia Center, Moscow

April 22, 2021

Mikhail Gorbachev’s “Essential Thoughts”

The New CDAC Publication

February 20, 2021

 

'Russian Lessons for Reagan' Launch at Gorbachev Foundation

The Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow

December 12, 2017

 

The Unveiling Ceremony of the Gorbachev-Reagan Statue

Burganov Museum, Moscow

July 3, 2017

Open Interactive Seminar at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University)

“UN today: Deals and People. From Vladimir Petrovsky to António Guterres” 

December 7, 2016

Meeting at Foreign Ministry of Russia

December 24, 2015

Official Presentation of the book "Vladimir Petrovsky: the Master-Diplomat" in Moscow

Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

December 8, 2015

Official Presentation of the book "Vladimir Petrovsky: the Master-Diplomat" in Geneva

UN Library, Palais des Nations
December 3, 2015

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Presentation of the Book "Phenomenon Mikhail Gorbachev"
The BRICS Multimedia Center, Moscow
April 22, 2021

There was the official presentation of the Russian Version of the “Essential Thoughts” book by Mikhail Gorbachev and edited by M.S.Karlen, Secretary General, Comprehensive Dialogue among Civilizations (CDAC), Researcher. The presentation was organised by the Gorbachev Foundation in collaboration with the Bricks Multimedia Center.

During the presentation the editor and CDAC Secretary General Michael S. Karlen spoke about the main goals of the book. At his speech he mostly focused on three points:

  1. To let people discover the personality behind the headlines the thoughts, the feelings, the dreams, the motivations of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev – mainly in his own words.

  2. To capture the essential thoughts and message of Mikhail Sergeyvich, which are timeless and universal, and to promote them among the new generations of leaders.

  3. To create a book that is attractive and inviting for today’s public, which wants to get everything quick and clear and in small portions.


M.S. Karlen also highlighted the different elements of his personality, his vision, life and work that are interwoven into the tapestry of his character and that have added to the phenomenal and colossal stature of Mikhail Gorbachev.


Two more books were presented during the evening: "Understanding Gorbachev - From Letters to Former USSR President" by V. Polyakov and  "Gorbachev -  Lesson of Freedom" by Ruslan Grinberg.

Mikhail Gorbachev 
ESSENTIAL THOUGHTS
(Edited by Michel S.Karlen)

This excellent book presents a rare collection of the words and thoughts of this great statesman; past, present as well as challenges for the future of the world. It is filled with his humanity, experience and vision. In our suffering and challenging time, his words bring us inspiration and hope.  Mikhail Gorbachev was a courageous and far seeing leader who not only changed his country – but the world. A must read for every thoughtful citizen.

Suzanne Massie 
Author “Trust but Verify”
Specialist Russian culture
Advisor to President Reagan 1984-1988

 

Mikhail Gorbachev’s “Essential Thoughts” is an important contribution to understanding Gorbachev and his New Thinking. There is indeed much that we can learn from Gorbachev at a time when cynical politicians seem bent on destroying his legacy. I am sure that the book’s message will resonate with new generations of leaders who will see Mikhail Gorbachev not as a failure or a tragic figure but as a man whose ideas and enduring achievements will keep changing the world.

 

Pavel Palazhchenko

Chief English Interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev
Head of the Press Office, The Gorbachev Foundation

Three books dedicated to Mikhail Gorbachev have been presented in Moscow

 

MOSCOW, 22 April. /TASS/.
Presentation of books "Understanding Gorbachev - From Letters to Former USSR President", "Gorbachev -  Lesson of Freedom" and "The Phenomenon of Mikhail Gorbachev - Understanding the World-Class Personality," dedicated to the first and only president of the Soviet Union, was held at the Moscow International Multimedia Centre on Thursday.

 

"For many years we have been publishing works by Mikhail Sergeyevich, books about him and his time. Of course, it is absolutely no coincidence that these books have come together. They are very different," said Oleg Zimarin, General Director of the Whole World Publishing House.

 

The collection compiled by a group of authors edited by Ruslan Grinberg, Gorbachev. A Lesson in Freedom" includes texts written for Gorbachev's 90th birthday by participants and eyewitnesses of perestroika on the role of the Soviet president. "It is an analytical portrait of Gorbachev's time and his policies," Zimarin believes.

 

Letters from Gorbachev's associates, the USSR leader's correspondence with other heads of state and politicians and texts in the Gorbachev Foundation are presented in Vladimir Polyakov's book "Understanding Gorbachev. From Letters to the Former President of the USSR".

 

"The collection of letters created in the Gorbachev Foundation is completely informal, it gives another dimension to what we understand and think about him," Zimarin said.

 

In the book "The Phenomenon of Mikhail Gorbachev. Understanding the Personality of the World" by Michael Karlen presents Gorbachev's thoughts and statements in a grouped form from sources published in Russia. Karlen, when talking about his aims in working on the collection, noted that he wanted to "preserve in history the basic ideas" of Gorbachev and "write a book that would be of interest to the present generation".

Original Tass message in Russian: https://tass.ru/obschestvo/11223347 

 
'Russian Lessons for Reagan' Launch at Gorbachev Foundation
 
The Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow
December 12, 2017

CDAC members from the Moscow Bureau participated in the launch of Suzanne Massie's new book “Trust But Verify: Russian Lessons for Reagan” that took place December 12, 2017 at the Gorbachev Foundation.

Since the inauguration of the Gorbachev-Reagan sculpture in July 2017, CDAC Secretary General S. M. Karlen has kept a close contact with Suzanne Massie. They have met several times over the past months to discuss future projects.

The presentation of the Russian language version of Suzanne Massie’s “Trust But Verify: Russian Lessons for Reagan” turned out to be an unofficial meeting of the “multi-generational club of peace-makers and optimists”.

Massie, 86, came from her home in Maine to attend the presentation of her memoir, which details her role as a private-citizen diplomat at the end of the Cold War. Published in English in 2013, the book tells the fascinating story of how her convictions and persistence got her into the Oval Office in 1984 to present her views about the Russian people to then President Ronald Reagan. He invited her back 20 more times through 1988. Her tutelage was influential in the Reagans’ burgeoning relationship with Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev.

 The daughter of a Swiss diplomat, Massie grew up in the United States. She stumbled on to her passion son’s hemophilia. The result was the best-selling book, “Nicholas and Alexandra” – the history of the Romanov family and its demise. She went on to write more books about Russia, including the best-selling “Land of the Firebird,” which Reagan read.    

Despite her stoop and slow gait, Massie’s impish smile and tangible tenacity can convince anyone to subscribe to her mantra: one person can change the world, and everyone of us should try.

Her passion for fomenting a better understanding between the people of the United States and Russia is her overarching theme. “Together we can help the world,” said Massie. “Keeping us apart only helps the devil. We need to show each other the best of ourselves, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

She maintains that the American people are very fond of Russians, despite the capricious nature of the relationship. “Russia is never predictable,” said Massie. “It reserves for itself surprises. That’s why I always say, Russia is a woman, and she is delightful.”

To visit Suzanne's Massie web-site:                                                                                     

The Unveiling Ceremony of the Gorbachev-Reagan Statue
 
Burganov Museum, Moscow
July 3, 2017
 

In Moscow on Monday, July 3, 2017, the unveiling ceremony of the sculptural composition dedicated to the former presidents of the USSR and the USA - Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan took place. The sculpture of Alexander Burganov is installed in Sivtsev Vrazhek pereulok, in front of the Burganov museum. The sculpture was inaugurated in the framework of the 37th annual Russia-US forum.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sent a message, in which he expressed his gratitude to the artist. He also urged Russians and Americans to abandon hostile rhetoric towards each other. "We and the whole world do not need a second cold war, we do not need a cold peace. Real world peace for all will be our common victory" - Mikhail Gorbachev emphasized in his address.

 

On November 19, 1985 in Geneva, the first meeting of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev with US President Ronald Reagan took place, which is believed to have been a turning point in the history of relations between the two countries and marked the beginning of substantial arms reduction in both countries.

 

CDAC was represented by Michael S. Karlen who read a short statement. Mr. Karlen worked closely with the founder of CDAC, Vladimir Fedorovich Petrovsky, First Deputy Foreign Minister under President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Suzanne Massie, an ex-adviser of President Reagan that helped him in negotiations with president Gorbachev. She came to Moscow specially for the Ceremony. Photo: CDAC

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Suzanne Massie and sculptor Alexander Burganov unveiled a sculpture that perpetuated the meeting between two presidents - Gorbachev and Reagan. Photo: Sergey Teterin

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Suzanne Massie is sharing her admiration of working with both presidents. Photo: CDAC

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CDAC was represented by Michael S. Karlen who read a short statement. Mr. Karlen worked closely with the founder of CDAC, Vladimir Fedorovich Petrovsky, First Deputy Foreign Minister under President Mikhail Gorbachev. Photo: CDAC

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The initiator of the project, the president of the American University in Moscow Edward Lozansky. Photo: CDAC

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The sweetest moment of unveiling. Photo: CDAC

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Enjoying the moment of unveiling - a long-awaited joy of meeting with the Statue. Photo: CDAC

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The Composer Alexander Zhurbin invited the singers and audience to recollect the songs of those times. Photo: CDAC

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The Unveiling Ceremony in Moscow
The Unveiling Ceremony in Moscow
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The Slideshow dedicated to both presidents - Gorbachev-Reagan Statue

by Karpani (copyright © CDAC 2017)

Suzanne Massie: a Bridge between two Presidents

by Karpani (copyright © CDAC 2017)

The Speech of Michael S. Karlen, Editor
Secretary General, Comprehensive Dialogue among Civilizations (CDAC),

Geneva/New York

I remember well the discussions I had with my father in neutral Switzerland when President Gorbachev made his unilateral disarmament proposals. My father was very critical, while I was hugely inspired. At that time I was ready to put my young life at the service of this brave and great man.

 

What a relief when the frozen relations between the two superpowers thawed and the very imminent threat of a nuclear holocaust disappeared as the smiling Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev appeared side by side in growing friendship.

 

I am happy and grateful to have observed this historic moment because it proved to me, and to the world, that the reality of friendly relations, of solidarity, of constructive and visionary politics, can be achieved.

 

And now, how to go forward? Where are the Reagans and Gorbachevs of today? Where is the vision, where is the will to attain these lofty heights in international relations again?

 

We are all very concerned about the current situation and the future of our planet.             read more

“UN today: Deals and People. From Vladimir Petrovsky to António Guterres” 

Open Interactive Seminar at MGIMO University (Moscow, Russia)

December 7, 2016

 

An open interactive seminar "UN today: Deals and People. From Vladimir Petrovsky to António Guterres " was held at MGIMO University the 5th of December, 2016. The seminar was organized by the UNESCO Chair of MGIMO, the Russian UN Association and the UN Information Centre in Moscow.

MGIMO University students participated in discussion. Each expressed his opinion, the attitude to the UN, the reasons for participation in UN Model. Many noted that they see themselves in the future of multilateral diplomacy, at the UN and at the UN Information Centre.

The seminar was held in the format of the debate under the moderation of the head of the UNESCO Chair, Chairman of the Board Alexey Borisov United Nations Associations World Federation.

From left to right: Michael S. Karlen, journalist and author; Mr. Alexey N. Borisov, Chair of the Executive Committee of WFUNA, the Head of UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy, MGIMO-University, Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General of UNA-Russia; Professor Natalia I. Maslakova-Klauberg, Russian Diplomatic Academy, Mr. Alexander S. Gorelik, former Director of the UN Information Centre, Moscow.

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Michael S. Karlen, Secretary-General of CDAC, a journalist, writer and editor of the Book «Vladimir Petrovsky: The Master Diplomat» is having the floor at the Seminar. He told the audience about the work of Vladimir Petrovsky, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1992-2002, affecting at the same time a question of an importance of the UN at the modern world.

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From left to the right: Michael S. Karlen, the editor of the Book «Vladimir Petrovsky: The Master Diplomat» with Alexey Boris (WFUNA), the moderator of the event.

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Professor Natalia I. Maslakova-Klauberg, the Head of the Center for World Culture (Russian Diplomatic Academy) with inspiring words of support.

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Mr. Alexander Gorelik, the expert on international organizations, a former member of the United Nations Secretariat continued the theme. His speech urged all the participants to the importance of the United Nations to the international community and the world at large.

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MGIMO University Professor Aslan Kh. Abashidze, the Vice-Chairperson of UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights noted the fact that, despite the criticism, the United Nations remains a unique international platform to discuss not only political issues, but also a whole range of other problems: economic issues, human rights, the fight against terrorism and other.

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All the photo for this gallery were provided by M.Mitina, MGIMO University.

 

Meeting at Foreign Ministry of Russia

December 24, 2015

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Mr. Gennady Gatilov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and Mr.Alexandre Gorelik, December 24, 2015.
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Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov receives the book “VLADIMIR PETROVSKY: The Master Diplomat” on behalf of Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov from the hands of Alexandre Gorelik, former Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Moscow.

 

This book gives insights into the life of Vladimir Petrovsky, an important figure in the political landscape of the second half of the 20th century. His diplomatic career took him from the ideologically confined Soviet system to the pinnacle of internationalism.

 

The book highlights his significant contributions to many key processes, such as the Helsinki Final Act, Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika, disarmament and the strengthening of the United Nations. Petrovsky describes the necessary tools to create a more inclusive world, a world where individual and collective security, development and self-determination are at the core of all delibe-rations and actions.

 

The book was edited by Michael S. Karlen and it had been published in New York by United Nations Society of Writers in November, 2015. 

 

Official Presentation of the book in Moscow

Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

December 8, 2015

 The presentation of the book by the former Director General of UNOG, Vladimir Petrovsky: The Master Diplomat took place the 8rd of December, 2015 at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry in the Center for World Cultures of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies.

The meeting was opened by Prof. Georgy Rudov, Vice-Rector of Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He spoke about Vladimir Petrovsky as a professional and a person who is still remembered in Russia and Switzerland.

Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Klauberg, the Head of the Center of World Cultures ICIS was a moderator of the event.

The event had been attended by representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, UN Information Centre, Council of Veterans of the Russian Foreign Ministry, foreign visitors and researchers of ICIS.

Mr. Alexander Gorelik
Diplomatic Academy Presentation
Professor Georgy Rudov
Mrs. Natalia Maslakova-Klauberg
The Book Presentation in Moscow
Remembering Mr. Petrovsky
Mrs. Elena Petrovskaya
Ambassador Belonogov
The Book Presentation in Moscow
The Book Presentation audience
 
Official Presentation of the book in Geneva

UN Library, Palais des Nations
December 3, 2015

From left to right: François Nordmann, former Ambassador of Switzerland H.E Mr. Alexey Borodavkin, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in Geneva Michael S. Karlen, editor Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, Chief, Institutional Memory Section, UNOG Library Michael Møller, UNOG Director-General Aminata Djermakoye, former Chief of Cabinet and Chief of Administration, UNOG

THE HISTORY OF A FORMER UNOG DIRECTOR-GENERAL

(1993 – 2002): “VLADIMIR PETROVSKY: The Master Diplomat”

The presentation of the book by the former Director General of UNOG, Vladimir Petrovsky: The Master Diplomat took place the 3rd of December, 2015 at the UN library in the frame of a program on the History of the United Nations and a preview of the new Museum.    

 

Mr. Michael Møller, UNOG Director-General attended this presentation as well as several other personalities that have worked with Mr. Petrovsky:

François Nordmann, former Ambassador of Switzerland
H.E Mr. Alexey Borodavkin, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva
Michael S. Karlen, editor
Aminata Djermakoye, former Chief of Cabinet and Chief of Administration, UNOG

David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Director-General

Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, Chief, Institutional Memory Section, UNOG Library was moderator of the event.

The book has been published by The United Nations Society of Writers in 2015.

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Mr. Michael Møller, UNOG Director-General is having the floor. Photo credits: UNOG

UNOG Book Presentation
Russian Ambassador Borodavkin

H.E Mr. Alexey Borodavkin, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva Photo credit: UNOG

Director-General of UN office in Geneva Mr. Michael Møller and Mrs. Aminata Djermakoye, Chief of Staff during Mr. Petrovsky's tenure, share reminiscences working with Mr. Vladimir Petrovsky.

David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Director-General Photo credit: UNOG

Former Ambassador of Switzerland François Nordmann with the Editor of the Book Michael S.Karlen

Colin Archer, Secretary General of the International Peace Bureau and Michael S. Karlen, the Editor of the Book

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