US-Soviet Relations

  • Steven K. Smith
  • Douglas A. Wertman


This chapter examines West European attitudes on US-Soviet relations, with specific focus on the four superpower summits held during the Reagan years. It also provides an historical overview of West European perspectives on postwar US-Soviet summits. Throughout the postwar period West European economic, political and security interests have been inextricably tied to the state of US-Soviet relations. During the Reagan years, superpower relations affected important European security interests as well as East–West trade relations. This was especially true during the 1980s because the Reagan foreign policy

was, above all, a policy centered on the Soviet Union, whether as an enemy threatening destruction and chaos that could be dealt with only through military force, or as a partner in a broad relaxation of tensions and a search for arms reductions and regional disengagement. (Deibel, 1989 p. 36)


Nuclear Weapon Ballistic Missile Security Interest World Peace Regional Conflict 
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© Steven K. Smith and Douglas A. Wertman 1992

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