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Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Steven Hayward, author of The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter Revolution 1980-1989

Teddy Kennedy, Walter Mondale, the Union of Concerned Scientists — all ridiculed Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative as unworkable. Then, at the Reykjavik summit, Mikhail Gorbachev staked his entire negotiating position on blocking SDI.

PETER ROBINSON: Why did the Soviets care so much about the Strategic Defense Initiative?

STEVEN HAYWARD: They genuinely feared that we might be able to do it—or do something that would complicate their force planning.

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Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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