Judson University is proud to present the second World Leader’s Forum, featuring President Mikhail Gorbachev. This annual event brings groups of World Leaders to the campus to inspire leadership for all who attend.
One of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, President Gorbachev served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, and met frequently with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan to discuss global concerns and the impact of the ongoing arms race between the two countries.
Recognizing that the Soviet Union needed political and economic reform, he introduced to the world two new words: perestroika (government restructuring) and glasnost (political openness). His leadership eventually contributed to the end of the Cold War and brought about widespread change in the policies and political structures of Eastern Europe and the world. His astonishing achievements were recognized when President Gorbachev was named the 1988 Time magazine person of the year and when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
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