War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Paul Nitze, 1987 
Part of War and Peace in the Nuclear Age.
For nearly half a century, Paul Nitze was one of the chief architects of U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union, and a prominent member of the Committee on the Present Danger. In the interview he begins with his views that the Soviet Union has a grand design of expansion to spread communism. He also describes the evolution of Soviet and American nuclear strategy, often in response to each other. He discusses Paul Warnkes nomination as chief negotiator at SALT II. He also expresses his views on the arms control agreements between the Soviet Union and the United States.
- War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
- Carter's New World
- Program Number
Interview with Paul Nitze, 1987 
- Series Description
The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.
In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989
- Program Description
President Carter comes to office determined to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and to improve relations with the Soviet Union. His frustrations are as grand as his intentions.
Carter had hoped the United States and the Soviet Union would reduce their reliance on nuclear weapons. He stopped production of the B-1 bomber. He believed the SALT II negotiations would be a step toward eliminating nuclear weapons. But his intentions were frustrated by Soviet actions and by a lack of consensus among his own advisors, including Chief SALT II negotiator Paul Warnke and national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski (who was dubious about arms control). Carter balanced Soviet aggression in Africa by improving American relations with China. He withdrew SALT II treaty from Senate consideration but its terms continued to serve as general limits on strategic nuclear force levels for both the United States and the Soviet Union.
- Asset Type
- Media Type
- International relations
- Middle East
- Warnke, Paul C., 1920-2001
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
- Vance, Cyrus R. (Cyrus Roberts), 1917-2002
- Nuclear disarmament
- Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich, 1870-1924
- Submarine-launched ballistic missiles
- Intercontinental ballistic missiles
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- MX (Weapons system)
- Brown, Harold, 1927-
- Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983
- Nuclear arms control
- Horn of Africa
- Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
- Intercontinental ballistic missiles -- Mobile basing
- Korean War, 1950-1953
- Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)
- Strategic Arms Limitation Talks II
- United States. Congress
- Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963)
- United States
- Soviet Union
- Deterrence (Strategy)
- Soviet Union. Treaties, etc. United States, 1972 May 26 (ABM)
- Nuclear survivability
- Committee on the Present Danger (U.S.)
- Nuclear weapons
- Shulman, Marshall Darrow
- Washington, DC
- Global Affairs
- War and Conflict
- Nitze, Paul H. (Interviewee)
- Publication Information
- WGBH Educational Foundation
- Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Paul Nitze, 1987 ,” 02/12/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 24, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_63039E5DC8114E0B9B341ECB50ED83E8.
- MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Paul Nitze, 1987 .” 02/12/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 24, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_63039E5DC8114E0B9B341ECB50ED83E8>.
- APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Paul Nitze, 1987 . Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_63039E5DC8114E0B9B341ECB50ED83E8