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Mikhail Gorbachev is dead. So is his legacy.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the final general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday at the age of 91.

He was an extraordinary and truly world-changing leader. Ultimately, and tragically, he was a failed one as well.

Arguably, Gorbachev was the leader that made the greatest impact on my professional life. My first trip outside of the United States was to the Soviet Union back in 1986. Gorbachev had just risen to power the year before, and at the time it wasn't at all clear that he was going to be a great reformer.

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