Anatoly Dobrynin and His Legacy: Reflections on His Centenary | Wilson Center

Anatoly Dobrynin and His Legacy: Reflections on His Centenary

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The Kennan Institute, History and Public Policy Program, and the National History Center will host a panel session marking the centenary of one of the 20th century’s most important diplomats, Anatoly Dobrynin.

Anatoly Dobrynin served as Soviet ambassador to the United States for over two decades, from 1962 to 1986. His tenure coincided with five Soviet leaders and six U.S. presidents, and included such pivotal moments as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. war in Vietnam and Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the Soviet Union’s downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007. His steady diplomatic presence during his service in Washington provided a crucial element of stability during some of the most tense episodes of the Cold War.

This event will be followed by a light reception.



  • Amb. Anatoly Antonov

    Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States of America, Permanent Observer of the Russian Federation to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.


  • James F. Collins

    Diplomat in Residence and Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment; U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1997-2001)
  • Svetlana Savranskaya

    Senior Analyst, National Security Archive, The George Washington University
  • William Taubman

    Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Amherst College