Jonathan R. Hunt

Articles by Jonathan R. Hunt

15 December 2011

The legacy of Reykjavik and the future of nuclear disarmament

Paul F. WalkerJonathan R. Hunt

After two exhausting days of debate, negotiation, and concession in Reykjavik, Iceland, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev had come to a dead end. An improbable agreement for nuclear disarmament was in jeopardy because the delegations quibbled over one word: "laboratory." Could the United States test its Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) -- an embryonic antiballistic missile system known as "Star Wars" -- in space, or should research and development stay grounded?