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Gorbachev's Reversal on Strategic Defense: An Opportunity for Bush

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Publication Date: October 1991

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jay P. Kosminsky; Baker Spring

Series: Executive Memorandum

Topic: International relations (International peace and security)
Military and defense (National security)

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia

Type: Brief

Coverage: Soviet Union


Gorbachev made an astonishing proposal: "We are prepared to consider proposals from the United States of America on non-nuclear anti-missile defense systems." This reverses nearly a decade of instense Soviet opposition to SDI and paves the way for the fulfillment of Reagan's vision of cooperative U.S.-Soviet defense deployments.