Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, President Jimmy Carter, and Israeli
Prime Minister Menahem Begin meet on the Aspen Cabin patio at Camp
David, Maryland, September 6, 1978.
Courtesy of Jimmy
||Richard M. Nixon in China
President Nixon hoped that his administration could ease the strained
relations and cold war tensions between the superpowers. Adopting
a policy of détente, in 1972 he became the first American president
to go to the Soviet Union. That same year, he made his historic visit
to China, paving the way for restoration of diplomatic relations after
a twenty-five-year break. Here, Nixon is shown on a return visit to
China in 1979.
Courtesy of the Nixon Library and Birthplace
||Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
In the 1980s, the pressure from an increase in U.S. military spending and the change in leadership in the Soviet Union led to a new era of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
After a series of meetings, Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed an Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty on December 8, 1987. It promised to eliminate an entire class of intermediate-range nuclear missiles and was the first arms-control agreement to reduce the nuclear arsenal. The success of the negotiations marked a beginning to the end of the cold war.
Following the treaty signing, President and Nancy Reagan held a White House state dinner for Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev.
Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library