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2006 Reykjavik Summit 20th Anniversary Conference

October 1, 2006

Palo Alto, California

Hoover Institution


At their October 1986 meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed on the need to eliminate nuclear weapons. That historic meeting ultimately helped lead to the end of the Cold War. "Since that time, the nature of the nuclear threat in the world has changed, but the 20-year-old lessons of Reykjavik may well help us achieve the goal of a modern world free of nuclear weapons," said former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on Its Twentieth Anniversary: Conference Report (Hoover Institution Press, 2007), edited by Sidney D. Drell and George P. Shultz, contains essays drawn from presentations at the 2006 Hoover Institution conference on the legacy of the Reykjavik meeting. The contributors examine a range of topics, including the implications of the summit for current nuclear arms control efforts.

Along with these insightful essays, the book includes the declassified official transcript of the discussions between Reagan and Gorbachev at Reykjavik as well as official Soviet documents. The Soviet documents, now available in the Hoover Archives, provide insight into Soviet preparations for the summit, including key positions and an assessment of their research and development with respect to nuclear weapons relative to the United States. Taken as a whole, the contributions in this collection reassert the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and underscore the need for new, practical measures to achieve that goal.

Conference report

Watch the video of the 2006 Reykjavik Summit 20th Anniversary Conference:

  • Session 1: The Reykjavik Summit, The Hoover Institution - Join the Hoover Institution in a roundtable session exploring Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on its Twentieth Anniversary. This is the first in a series of sessions held in the Annenberg Room at the Hoover Institution to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit.
  • Reykjavik Summit 20th Anniversary Conference, The Hoover Institution - Join the Hoover Institution in a panel discussion exploring Implications of the Reykjavik Summit on its Twentieth Anniversary. The panel features a conversation between former Secretary of State George P. Shultz; former Ambassador and Head of the United States Delegation to the Negotiations with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and Space Arms in Geneva Max Kampelman; and former Ambassador to Finland and the German Democratic Republic Rozanne Ridgway. The panel is moderated by Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson.