Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on Its Twentieth Anniversary: Conference Report [NOOK Book]

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In October 1986 in Reykjavik, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed on the need to eliminate nuclear weapons-a historic agreement that ultimately led to the end of the cold war. Since that time, the nature of the nuclear threat in the world has changed, but the twenty-year-old lessons of Reykjavik may well help us achieve the goal of a modern world free of nuclear weapons.

Drawn from presentations at the Hoover Institution's conference on the twentieth anniversary of the ...

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Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on Its Twentieth Anniversary: Conference Report

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Overview

In October 1986 in Reykjavik, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed on the need to eliminate nuclear weapons-a historic agreement that ultimately led to the end of the cold war. Since that time, the nature of the nuclear threat in the world has changed, but the twenty-year-old lessons of Reykjavik may well help us achieve the goal of a modern world free of nuclear weapons.

Drawn from presentations at the Hoover Institution's conference on the twentieth anniversary of the Reykjavik summit, this collection of essays examines the legacy of that meeting between President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. The contributors discuss what the lessons of Reykjavik can mean for today's nuclear arms control efforts, covering topics ranging from an explanation of President Reagan's role in creating trust at Reykjavik to the importance of preserving a missile defense system today to a discussion of a key lesson learned: the importance of negotiating with enemies.

Along with these insightful essays, the book includes the actual, previously secret classified transcript of the discussions between Reagan and Gorbachev. Taken as a whole, the contributions in this collection reassert the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and underscore the need for new practical measures for achieving that goal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817948436
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Series: Hoover Institution Press Publication
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Sidney D. Drell is a senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution and professor of theoretical physics (emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He coauthored The Gravest Danger: Nuclear Weapons with James Goodby. George P. Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, served as U.S. secretary of state under Ronald Reagan.
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Table of Contents

# Preface-Related Newspaper Articles# A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
# The Nuclear Threat-Papers Preapared for the Conference# President Reagan's Nuclear Legacy# Nuclear Weapons Elimination: A Process# The Legacy of Reykjavik:Preserving a Security Option for Dealing with Madmen, Missiles, and Missile Defense# The Soviet Preparation for Reykjavik: Four Documents# Zero Nuclear Weapons# The Legacy of Reykjavik: Outline of Remarks# Wehn Reagan and Gorbachev Reached for the Stars# The Legacy of Reykjavik: Remarks# A Legacy of Reykjavik: Negotiating with Enemies
# Six-Country Concept for a Multilateral Mechanism for Reliable Access to Nuclear Fuel
# Appendix One: Memorandum of Conversation (Transcript of the discussions of President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State George P. Shultz with General Secretary Mihail Gorbachev and Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze)# Appendix Two: Conference Agenda and Participants# Related Pre-conference Publications# Index
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