Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2024


College of Arts and Sciences




Reagan, Gorbachev, Moscow Summit, INF


Diplomatic History | European History | Political History | United States History


The 1988 summit in Moscow was the fourth, and final, summit meeting between U.S. President, Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev. The principal issues addressed during the summit included human rights and arms control. This event was the first time that President Reagan visited the Soviet Union and thus took time to explore Moscow by visiting a monastery, Red Square, Arbat Street, and students at Moscow State University. The summit would be considered a success after its close, as the INF Treaty was ratified and further progress in the area of human rights in Soviet Union had been made, which ultimately contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The success of the summit in the long-term, however, is not as certain for U.S.-Russian relations would deteriorate in the years following, as seen in the in the eventual withdrawal from the INF Treaty by both parties in 2019.