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Geneva Summit 19-21 Nov 1985

MTG-1985-11-05

Doc Type: 
Meeting
Date: 
1985-11-05
Full Title: 
West European and Other Attitudes on the November 19-20 Geneva Meeting: October 30-November 5, 1985
Pages: 
1

ANN-1984-01-16-US

Doc Type: 
Announcement
Date: 
1984-01-16
Full Title: 
Reagan Speech on U.S.-Soviet Relations

COR-1985-11-28-RR-MSG-o

Doc Type: 
Correspondence
Date: 
1985-11-28
Full Title: 
Reagan to Gorbachev 28 Nov 1985 (original)
Pages: 
5

MEM-Shultz-1993

Doc Type: 
Memoir
Date: 
1993-04-26
Author: 
Shultz, George
Full Title: 
Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State
Pages: 
597-607

(Summary by Holly Decker, Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

               Shultz, in his autobiography, provides another a different window from which to view the Geneva Summit. He was one of members of the large American delegation and as Secretary of State; he played an important role in negotiations. Surprisingly his memoir provides little information about the recorded discussion that he and Shevardnadze engaged in while their heads of states were having their “fireside summit”

MEM-Gorbachev-1996a

Doc Type: 
Memoir
Date: 
1996-09-01
Author: 
Gorbachev, Mikhail
Full Title: 
Memoirs
Pages: 
401-420

(Summary by Holly Decker, Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

               The summit that took place in Geneva was the first meeting between the leaders of the two superpowers in over six years.  In his memoirs, Gorbachev discusses the events leading up to the summit and the summit itself.

MEM-Dobrynin-1995a

Doc Type: 
Memoir
Date: 
1995-01-01
Author: 
Dobrynin, Anatoly
Full Title: 
In Confidence: Moscow's Ambassador to Six Cold War Presidents
Pages: 
585-595

 (Summary by Holly Decker, Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

               Ambassador Dobrynin, the Soviet Ambassador to the United States, was one of the officials present at the Geneva Summit. Whilst in Geneva, he was primarily involved in the plenary sessions along with the other ambassadors and foreign ministers. His memoirs provide a general overview of the events of the summit and make inferences about Reagan and Gorbachev’s tete-a-tetes.

MEM-Reagan-1990

Doc Type: 
Memoir
Date: 
1990-11-15
Author: 
Reagan, Ronald
Full Title: 
An American Life
Pages: 
633-641

 (Summary by Holly Decker, Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

HIS-Samuel-2012

Doc Type: 
Historical Study
Date: 
2012-01-01
Author: 
Samuel, Robert
Full Title: 
Conservative Intellectuals and the Reagan-Gorbachev Summits
Pages: 
135-157

(Summary by Holly Decker, Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

               Robert Samuel’s article illustrates the role of the conservative intellectual movement on Reagan’s performance at the summits. The movement viewed summits and negotiations with the Soviet Union unfavorably; they did not view the Soviet Union as a rational actor and therefore viewed negotiations as futile.

HIS-Reynolds-2007

Doc Type: 
Historical Study
Date: 
2007-01-01
Author: 
Reynolds, David
Full Title: 
Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century
Pages: 
343-400

 (Summary by Holly Decker, Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

               David Reynolds’ Summits is one of the most thorough historical analyses of the Geneva Summit. The author recognizes the importance of the actors as individuals and how their chemistry made a successful completion possible.

HIS-Mann-2009

Doc Type: 
Historical Study
Date: 
2009-01-01
Author: 
Mann, James
Full Title: 
The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War
Pages: 
90-93

(Summary by Holly Decker, Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

               In The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan, Mann describes the preparation of the American administration prior to Geneva. He describes the role of the CIA in preparing Reagan for the summit, but fails to recognize the role of Ambassador Matlock and “Soviet Union 101.” Mann does recognize the importance Reagan attributed to the human side of the Soviet Union over the analytical facts.