America Abroad: the Man Who Made the Ice Melt

It may not be at the top of his list of worries, but Mikhail Gorbachev seems to have fallen from grace with many Western experts on the Soviet Union. Even among some who applauded him in the past, there is not only a deepening pessimism about the future of reform but also a new, almost ad hominem sourness about the chief reformer himself.

In a characteristic blast, Aurel Braun and Richard Day, two respected political scientists at the University of Toronto's Center for Russian and East European Studies, recently called Gorbachev a loser who has been "mishandling reforms and desperately trying...

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