TITLE

Soft power

AUTHOR(S)
Zubok, Vladislav M.
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;6/21/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 23, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Claims that newly released Soviet Union documents reveal that former United States President Ronald Reagan's main contribution to ending the Cold War was his willingness to make peace with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Refutation of the claim that the U.S. military build-up, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and U.S. military assistance to anti-communist insurgents under Reagan brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union; Emergence of Reagan as a peacemaker and a supporter of nuclear disarmament; Claim that Gorbachev's goals of reforming the Soviet Union and ending the confrontation with the United States were initially frustrated by the Reagan administration's hawkish actions; Account of Reagan's meetings with Gorbachev, which led to an agreement to eliminate intermediate-range missiles; Discussion of how Gorbachev used his stature as a peace negotiator to push through domestic reforms; Argument that Americans should celebrate Reagan as a peacemaker, not as a cold warrior.
ACCESSION #
13400328

 

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