Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War

Jeremi Suri – University of Texas

Ronald Reagan was one of the most unlikely and controversial American presidents, wand his tenure in office included a mix of tragedies and triumphs. The American debt climbed during his presidency, the country experienced growing inequality, and the AIDS crisis ravaged much of the American public. At the same time, Reagan triggered a renewal of American idealism and he helped to end the Cold War, which had kept the world on the edge of nuclear Armageddon for nearly fifty years. This talk will explore how Reagan did it, as well as some insights on how we should assess his presidency.