m996.10.344 | Reykjavik 86: Optimism Reigns
Reykjavik 86: Optimism Reigns
1986, 20th century
Ink on paper
25 x 19 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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Despite the hopes raised by the summit meetings between the United States and the Soviet Union, this cartoon alludes to the lingering doubts about how much good faith was actually motivating the two superpowers to control nuclear arms.
While U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev vied to win over the public and the media, their meeting marked a new period of détente in the Cold War, and an agreement was almost reached on reducing their strategic weapons arsenals.
The second summit meeting between U.S. President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev was held in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The summit took place on October 11 and 12, 1986.
In pursuing disarmament, Gorbachev, who had just recently come to power, was seeking a way out of the Cold War for his country. The U.S.S.R. was spending 16% of its gross national product (GNP) on arms, as opposed to 6.5% for the United States.