Matt Hefler Presents: On This Day October 12, 1986

On this day (October 12th) in 1986: A disarmament summit meeting between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan ends in failure. The Reykjavik summit came near to signing a deal for drastic arms reduction yet the talks stalled over Reagan’s refusal to forego the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI). In December 1987, however, the pair would sign the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – the first ever treaty to reverse the Cold War arms race.