Transcending the Cold War
"This rather unfashionable study shows what happens when leaders click": Kristina Spohr and David Reynolds talk to Rob Attar about their new edited volume on superpower statecraft in a dangerous world
Summits in the 1970s and 1980s, primarily involving the leaders of the US, USSR, and East and West Germany, aimed to tackle two thorny Cold War issues: the nuclear arms race and the German situation. The Reagan-Gorbachev summits of the 1980s resulted in a real improvement of relations. Then, as the Eastern Bloc collapsed from 1989, Helmut Kohl, Mikhail Gorbachev and George HW Bush worked to ensure a peaceful transition from communism. This book also covers Nixon’s 1972 visit to Mao’s China.