M987.244.81 | Nuclear Threat

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Drawing, cartoon
Nuclear Threat
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1985, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
35.7 x 27.9 cm
Gift of Mrs. Marilyn Michel
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

After so many years spent building up their respective nuclear arsenals, the United States and the Soviet Union viewed each other with distrust. Their reluctance to negotiate is reflected here in their mutual desire to bring the other onto "their home ground" or, put another way, to choose the music that they will dance to.

  • What

    The Cold War was an ideological, economic and military struggle that primarily pitted the United States against the Soviet Union. The threat of conflict between the two superpowers gave impetus to the negotiations aimed at controlling the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

  • Where

    The first summit meeting between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • When

    The summit took place from November 19 to 21, 1985.

  • Who

    Uncle Sam, wearing a top hat with the colours of the American flag, represents U.S. President Reagan, while the Soviet leader, seen from behind, with the hammer and sickle on his back, is Mikhail Gorbachev, the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.