The Legacy Of Nixon And Kissinger

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It is ironic that Nixon and Kissinger are identified with the beginning of détente, as first Nixon only intended to have limited accommodation with the Soviet Union. Nixon believed that no summit meeting without adequate preparation had the prospect for concrete agreements. Before Nixon embarked upon a series of summits with Leonid Brezhnev, he cautioned the State Department in a memorandum writing that without adequate preparation, there were no prospects for concrete agreements. Both Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger based their policies on the principles of negotiations, nuclear sufficiency and linkage. While Nixon was the quintessential political tactician, Kissinger was the diplomatic strategist. On 20 January 1969, Nixon’s inauguration day, the Soviet exhibited their willingness to start a serious exchange of views on the control of nuclear missiles. Brezhnev taking Nixon on a Boat Ride on the Moscow River

The strategic arms limitation treaty negotiations started under the Johnson administration, however, they were cancelled due to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Richard Nixon firmly believed that the arms race was merely a symptom of political conflict and was not the cause. Hence to Nixon, arms control talks were a mean towards achieving progress for a settlement in Vietnam or the East Middle East. This is very much similar to the existing situation between India and Pakistan whereby both the countries have also engaged in an arms race over their…
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