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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksandr Obukhov, 1986

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A.M. Obukhov was a Russian physicist who served as Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister and nuclear and space arms negotiator in the 1960s and 1970s. He recalls the SALT I talks and some of the personalities and the relationships that developed between each side. He was aware of the secret back channel contacts but was not put out by them. He touches on the Vladivostok and SALT II processes, provides his reactions and recollections of the latter, and discusses the concept of linkage as it was applied at the time.

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Interview with Aleksandr Obukhov, 1986

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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



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Semyonov, Vladimir Semyonovich
Brezhnev, Leonid Il'ich, 1906-1982
United States
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
Garthoff, Raymond L.
Soviet Union
Nuclear arms control
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Smith, Gerard C.
Nitze, Paul H.
Soviet Union. Treaties, etc. United States, 1972 May 26 (ABM)
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks II
Moscow, Russia
Global Affairs
War and Conflict
Obukhov, A. M. (Aleksandr Mikhailovich), 1918- (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksandr Obukhov, 1986,” 12/19/1986, GBH Archives, accessed December 11, 2023,
MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksandr Obukhov, 1986.” 12/19/1986. GBH Archives. Web. December 11, 2023. <>.
APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksandr Obukhov, 1986. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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