Foreign Relations of the United States Series: SALT I, 1969–1972

February 02, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
History and Public Policy Program
Cold War International History Project

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian presents a panel discussion on the latest volume in the Foreign Relations of the United States Series, 1969–1976, Volume XXXII, SALT I, 1969–1972. Speakers will include: Erin Mahan, chief historian of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, William Burr, senior analyst and director of the National Security Archive's Nuclear History Documentation Project and Michael Krepon, co-founder and senior associate at Stimson.

The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks produced a series of comprehensive arms control agreements between the United States and the Soviet Union that for the first time limited the deployment of ballistic missiles and anti-ballistic missile systems. Commonly referred to as “SALT I,” the agreements were signed by President Richard Nixon and the General Secretary of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev at the Moscow Summit in May 1972. This volume documents the negotiations leading up to the agreement, the internal deliberations among U.S. policy makers, and reveals the play of political and national security considerations that factored into U.S. negotiating positions and policy decisions.

Tim McDonnell, program associate in the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will chair the event.

Visit the Office of the Historian website for more information and read the volume in full.

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Chief Historian, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Co-founder of The Stimson Center and Director of Stimson's project on deterrence stability in South Asia
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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Leopoldo Nuti // Co-Director, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project; Public Policy Scholar
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant

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