Rethinking Reagan attempts to present new evidence that rethinks the way historians think about the Reagan administration. The blog is written by Jason Saltoun-Ebin. Guest blogs about new research on the Reagan administration would gladly be posted. Jason Saltoun-Ebin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost 30 years ago, in February 1982, inside the White House a very top-secret paper was being circulated with the title, "Next Steps On Libya." The short paper, a National Security Council staff summary of a Department of State paper prepared for the February 4, 1982 NSC meeting on Oil and Gas Equipment Controls, argued that the U.S. objectives were to…
In the summer of 1984, as President Reagan was moving forward with his intention to research and deploy the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Soviets called for bilateral meetings on the "militarization of space" to be connected with intermediate range nuclear weapons and strategic arms negotiations. The NST (Nuclear and Space Talks) negotiations, however, quickly stalled as the Soviet's were undergoing a leadership crisis: three General Secretaries of the Soviet Union died between 1982 and 1985 giving Reagan the opportunity to famously say that he had been trying to negotiate with the Soviets since he took office in 1981 but that it was impossible because they all kept dying on him. With the ascendency of Mikhail Gorbachev to the position of general secretary, the Soviet Union was now led by a youthful reformer who would test Reagan's sincerity by proposing to not only eliminate intermediate range nuclear weapons, but all nuclear weapons.
Dec. 23, 2010 -- Supporting New START is Reaganesque
Oct. 14, 2010- Six Lessons Mr. Donilon Could Learn from Reagan’s Six National Security Advisers: -- Having spent the last decade studying the Reagan Administration, and the last few years focusing on Reagan’s National Security Council, I thought it could be useful for Mr. Donilon to get a quick review (and a few lessons) of where some of his contemporaries failed in what is one of the most difficult jobs in Washington.
Oct. 3, 2010 -- Who Was Ronald Reagan? -- “I admire the way he stood up for causes he believed were right, no matter what.” That was Nick Jonas of the Jonas brothers, talking about why he admires President Reagan.... Click here to read more
Conversation with David E. Hoffman (author of "The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy,") on what it was like to revisit the Reagan years over twenty years after covering the Reagan Administration; nuclear weapons negotiations then and now; why the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union dissolved; and how Reagan failed to understand that the Soviet military was just as dysfunctional as the Soviet economy.