Mark Garrison

Brown University

Mark Garrison served from 1982-1993 as the founding director of Brown University’s Center for Foreign Policy Development. Prior to his work at Brown, Garrison served for 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as deputy chief of mission and charge d’affaires in Moscow during the Carter Administration. His Foreign Service assignments also included reporting on Sino-Soviet relations from Hong Kong, assisting in the reopening of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Bulgaria, 1960-1962; heading the political/economic section in the U.S. Embassy in Czechoslovakia during the “Prague Spring” and subsequent Soviet invasion, and directing the Office of Soviet Union Affairs in the State Department. Garrison holds MAs from Indiana University and Columbia University. He was a senior State Department fellow at Stanford University and, while serving in the State Department in Washington, he taught at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He co-edited, with Abbott Gleason, Shared Destiny: Fifty Years of Soviet-American Relations (Beacon Press, 1985). Garrison is an emeritus member of the Watson Institute’s Board of Overseers.

What are the most important issues on the U.S.-Russia agenda in the coming decade?
What were the key U.S. concerns after the end of the Soviet Union?
How was Gorbachev different from other Soviet leaders?
How were U.S.-Soviet relations while you were in Moscow?
Was the U.S. response a surprise to the Soviet government?
What kind of advice did Ambassador Watson send back to Washington?
What was the Soviet Union’s reaction to President Carter’s letter?
How did President Carter react to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?
How would you characterize your meetings with Soviet officials?
What was your role in Moscow at the time of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?
Who are you and what do you do?
What was the status of U.S.-Soviet relations just prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?
What are the implications of proposed NATO expansion to the Ukraine and Georgia?
How did Russia react to NATO expansion?
How did the invasion affect U.S. policy towards the Soviet Union?
What was the Cold War?
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