By 1983, changes in Soviet leadership meant the time was right for new relations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. Secretary of State George Shultz was determined to get President Ronald Reagan to begin a dialogue with the Soviets.
In this interactive timeline, we look at the decade of the 1980's, and the key events that shaped the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.
By 1982, détente was on its way out. It was clear that the foreign policy crafted under Nixon could not survive another decade. Secretary of State George Shultz wanted to pave the way to engagement with the Soviets. But how?
In 1983, Secretary of State George Shultz found himself at a critical juncture. It was time to begin talks with the Soviets. What could be achieved without biting off more than either side could chew?
Leading up to the first Superpower summit in 1985, the White House was divided. Secretary Shultz thought strength could be demonstrated with firm diplomacy. However, Defense Secretary Weinberger did not approve of making any concessions to the Soviets.
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