Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 until the country had collapse. This man made it a priority to work on the economic reforms of the Soviet Union and also on the diplomatic overtures to the west leading to meetings with Margaret Thatcher, Secretary of State for the US and President Reagan. He did launch some new programs called “Glasnost” and Perestroika”, which was to make the country more efficient and less corrupted. Gorbachev did receive some public discontent and nationalistic urges from the Soviet’s satellite republics. With all the work involved trying to balance opposition that came either from the left or right, he was eventually appointed to the status of presidency in the 1990’s.