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May 08

Reagan at Reykjavik: The Weekend That Ended the Cold War

In October 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for a forty-eight-hour summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Originally intended as a short, inconsequential gathering to outline future talks, the meeting quickly turned to major international issues, including the Strategic Defense Initiative and the possibility of eliminating all nuclear weapons. With both men at the height of their power, they had the rare opportunity to move towards disarmament and peace in a way neither side had predicted. 

In Reagan at Reykjavik, former Reagan arms control director Ken Adelman offers a dramatic, firsthand account of the historic 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland – the definitive weekend that was the key turning point in the Cold War. Adelman provides an honest and up-close portrait of President Reagan at one of his finest and most challenging moments. 

Ken Adelman served President Reagan as Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and accompanied the President at three superpower summits, including Reykjavik. He has also served as the Deputy U.S. Ambassador the United Nations and as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. After leaving government, he taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of several books, including Shakespeare in Charge and The Defense Revolution.

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Ken Adelman

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Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.

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