The Great Universal Embrace

Kenneth Adelman, former director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Reagan administration, chronicles his experience in The Great Universal Embrace: Arms Summitry… read more

Kenneth Adelman, former director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Reagan administration, chronicles his experience in The Great Universal Embrace: Arms Summitry - A Skeptic’s Account. Adelman advised the president on arms control issues and he specifically talks of his involvement in three U.S.-Soviet summits. “Summits are like Cleopatra,” says Adelman. “They can be fun, but they are treacherous.” Adelman discusses the personal quality of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit meetings. He recounts the “pantry meeting,” when Mr. Gorbachev invited Mr. Reagan into a pantry for a seventh personal meeting during the Reykjavik summit. Confused, Mr. Reagan agreed. Later, the U.S. delegation realized Gorbachev’s motive: he could boast of his seven different meetings with Reagan, an important measure of success in Soviet politics. close

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9652-1
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First Aired:
Oct 22, 1989 | 8:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Oct 23, 1989 | 9:19am EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Oct 22, 1989 | 8:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Oct 22, 1989 | 11:32pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Oct 23, 1989 | 3:25am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 23, 1989 | 5:50am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Oct 23, 1989 | 9:19am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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