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

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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.


  • Erin Mahan

    Chief Historian, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Michael Krepon

    Co-founder of The Stimson Center and Director of Stimson's project on deterrence stability in South Asia
  • William Burr

    Senior Scholar
    Senior Analyst, National Security Archive
  • Timothy McDonnell

    Program Associate