Martin Walker is the Martin Walker is the Senior Director of the Global Business Policy Council, previously having been a reporter for the Guardian for 25 years, a regular commentator for CNN-TV, and a columnist for newspapers in the USA, Europe and Moscow. His pioneering work on Gorbachev and perestroika, The Waking Giant, was translated into ten languages. Educated as a historian in Oxford and Harvard, he was born into the Cold War and had a ringside seat at its close. He interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and George Bush, attended the great summits of the 1980s, and conducted research in Moscow, Prague, Tokyo, London and Washington. A published novelist and poet, Martin Walker has also written books on the world's press and on right-wing politics in Britain. He now lives in Washington with his wife, the novelist Julia Watson, and their two daughters.