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STY-1986-10-04-US


Doc Type: 
Staff Study
Date: 
1986-10-04
Author: 
Sestanovich, Stephen and Poindexter, John
Full Title: 
Gorbachev’s Goals and Tactics at Reykjavik
Language Type: 
English
Pages: 
2

“Gorbachev’s Goals and Tactics at Reykjavik,” National Security Council (Stephen Sestanovich)

(plus cover page from John M. Poindexter [National Security Adviser to the President] to Shultz)

This briefing memo prepared (on the same day as Gorbachev’s Politburo discussion above) by one of the National Security Council’s senior Soviet experts, completely mis-predicts Gorbachev’s behavior at the Reykjavik summit. Far from being “coy” or “undecided” about a future U.S. summit, Gorbachev was already planning major concessions and breakthroughs. Far from having to “smoke” Gorbachev out during the talks, Reagan would be faced with an extraordinarily ambitious set of possible agreements.