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From Reykjavik to Fulton: Reagan, Thatcher, and the ending of the Cold War

Cooper, James (2016) From Reykjavik to Fulton: Reagan, Thatcher, and the ending of the Cold War. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 14 (4). pp. 383-400.

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Abstract

Following the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher debated the future of nuclear weapons and the solidary of the western alliance with the American president. After leaving office, all three leaders, delivered lectures at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the site of Winston Churchill’s famous address that articulated the embryonic Cold War in 1946. This article argues that just as Reagan and Thatcher’s Fulton speeches held different emphases on the past and future of international affairs, Reykjavik was a flashpoint in the endgame of the Cold War that reflect different approaches to the challenges of the international system as outlined by Churchill at Westminster College. Thatcher, in the spirit of her predecessors, including Churchill, had to diplomatically manage Anglo-American relations in order to secure her own policy objectives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Transatlantic Studies, on 23/10/2016 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14794012.2016.1230259"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14794012.2016.1230259
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA566 20th century
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3834

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