BBC's Former Russian Analyst to Give Cold War Lecture

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The BBC’s former Russian Affairs Analyst, Stephen Dalziel, will give an insight into his experiences during the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union as part of the University of Worcester’s History Guest Lecture series this Thursday (March 20).

Due to the current political battle over the region of Crimea, the international spotlight has again been focused firmly on Russian politics, a subject with which Mr Dalziel has extensive first-hand experience.

His interest in Russia was sparked during his childhood, and he went on to take a degree in Russian Studies at the University of Leeds. After spending a year serving in the Army, he became a lecturer in Soviet Military Studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst before taking up his role at the BBC in 1988.

Over the course of his career, he has witnessed at first hand some of the momentous events which shaped the Cold War and the ultimate collapse of the USSR.

He was an exchange student at Kiev University when Soviet troops entered Afghanistan in 1980, a serving soldier during the Cold War and was in post at the BBC during the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Mr Dalziel worked for the corporation until 2004, and in that time, interviewed key players such as the Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev; Russian President Boris Yeltsin; and the Soviet Foreign Minister and then President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze.

Thursday’s lecture will be delivered in two parts – the first; ‘How chilly was the Cold War’ and the second; ‘Reporting the Collapse of the Soviet Union’.

Dr Wendy Toon, Senior Lecturer in Modern World History at the University of Worcester, says: “Stephen’s extensive experience, as a student in Kiev and as the BBC’s Russian Affairs Analyst, means that he can offer unique insights into the workings of the Soviet Union before and during its collapse.

“This has obvious relevance given the tensions between Russia and the Ukraine today.”

The lecture, which will take place between 2.15 and 4.30pm on Thursday, is open to both students and members of the public. To reserve a place, please email including in the subject line ‘Stephen Dalziel’. For further information, contact Dr Wendy Toon at