Toppling Totalitarianism: The Sakharov-Reagan Model with panelists Yuri Yarim-Agaev, Philip Siegelman, George P. Shultz, and Mark Palmer. The panel was part of a conference hosted by the Hoover Institution entitled The Soviet Dissident Movement and American Foreign Policy during the 1980s.
The conference will analyze the joint effort by the Soviet dissidents, Western democratic government, nongovernmental organizations, the media, academe, and the cultural community, which helped to bring down the Soviet communist regime.
The conference will examine basic guiding principles of those groups and consider whether their successful experience could be applied for solving problems with current totalitarian regimes- Hoover Institution
Mark Palmer is chief executive officer, Capital Development; vice chairman of the board, Freedom House; U.S. ambassador to Hungary (1986-90); deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs (1982-86)
George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth U.S. Secretary of State and served until January 20, 1989. In January 1989, he rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He is a member of the board of directors of Fremont Group and Accretive Health. He is chairman of the J. P. Morgan Chase International Council and chairman of the Accenture Energy Advisory Board. He is also chairman of the California Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and co-chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger.
He was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on January 19, 1989. He also received the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service (2001), and the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002). He is the recipient of the Elliot Richardson Prize for Excellence and Integrity in Public Service, The James H. Doolittle Award, and the John Witherspoon Medal for Distinguished Statesmanship.
The George Shultz National Foreign Service Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, was dedicated on May 29, 2002.
Philip Siegelman is Professor emeritus, Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University; member, Scientists for Sakharov-Orlov-Shcharansky; director, Center for Democracy in the USSR
Yuri Yarim-Agaev is a distinguished visiting fellow, Hoover Institution; former Soviet dissident and member, Moscow Helsinki Group; founder and chairman of the Center for Democracy in the USSR, New York (1985-91)
Philip Siegelman talks about the Moratorium Pledge which was written by Scientists for Sakharov-Orlov-Shchalansky. By signing it, a transnational group of scientists agreed to exclude Soviet scientists from world scientific discussion because of human rights abuses in the USSR.
Yuri Yarim-Agaev, former Soviet dissident and founder of the Center for Democracy in the USSR, describes the nonviolent strategy of the Soviet dissident movement and why it was the only option for success with potential.