The Presidency in the Nuclear Age, Panel 3

A panel discussion was held on how U.S. foreign policy and the presidency have been shaped by the development, use, and spread of nuclear… read more

A panel discussion was held on how U.S. foreign policy and the presidency have been shaped by the development, use, and spread of nuclear weapons focused on the arms race and efforts to curtail it during the presidencies of Richard M. Nixon through George H.W. Bush and the end of the Cold War. They reacted to video clips of President Carter speaking in Vienna about the SALT II agreement and President Reagan talking about his meetings with Soviet President Gorbachev. The panelists also responded to questions submitted by members of the audience. Marvin Kalb moderated.

Richard Rhodes is the author of Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race. Nicholas Thompson is the author of The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan and the History of the Cold War.

Carolyn Kennedy made opening remarks and introduced a video in which former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger addressed nuclear deterrence during the Nixon and Ford administrations. These were excerpts from an interview conduced in New York City by Graham Allison for this event.

“The Cold War and the Nuclear Arms Race” was the third panel of “The Presidency in the Nuclear Age,” a one-day conference sponsored by the nation’s 13 presidential libraries held by the Kennedy Library on October 12, 2009. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Kenneth Adelman Director (Former) Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • Thomas Graham Jr. Special Representative (Former) White House->Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament
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Format:
Forum
Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
First Aired:
Nov 1, 2009
Last Aired:
May 30, 2011

Airing Details

  • Nov 01, 2009 | 1:15pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 01, 2009 | 7:14pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 02, 2009 | 1:14am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 02, 2009 | 7:14am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 29, 2009 | 4:37pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 30, 2009 | 2:02am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 31, 2009 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 31, 2009 | 10:46pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • May 28, 2011 | 1:04pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 29, 2011 | 6:04am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 30, 2011 | 2:04am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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