July 27, 2015

Philip Taubman, Award-winning journalist and long-time NYT reporter on the 1986 Reykjavik Summit

Video Title: Philip Taubman, Award-winning journalist and long-time NYT reporter. Source: CTBTO. Date Published: January 28, 2013. Description:
Philip Taubman is a journalist, author and two-time winner of the George Polk Award. For more than 30 years, he worked for The New York Times, including as bureau chief for the Washington and Moscow offices. Taubman is now Consulting Professor at the Center of International Security and Cooperation of Stanford University. He has authored two books: "Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage" and "The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb".

This interview was conducted on 27 September 2012 at the 'Reykjavik' event organized by the CTBTO in New York, where Taubman moderated a panel discussion. Taubman recalls his experience as a reporter at the 1986 Reykjavik Summit, during which Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev came close to an historic agreement on abolishing all nuclear weapons. He remembers the two leaders' disappointment after that goal had eluded them, and explains why Reykjavik was nonetheless a milestone for nuclear arms control.