Did Star Wars Help End the Cold War? Soviet Response to the SDI Program

  title={Did Star Wars Help End the Cold War? Soviet Response to the SDI Program},
  author={Pavel Podvig},
  journal={Science \& Global Security},
  pages={27 - 3}
  • Pavel Podvig
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • Political Science
  • Science & Global Security
ABSTRACT The Strategic Defense Initiative was a U.S. missile defense program that played a very prominent role in the U.S.–Soviet relationships in the 1980s and is often credited with helping end the Cold War, as it presented the Soviet Union with a technological challenge that it could not meet. This article introduces several official Soviet documents to examine Soviet response to SDI. The evidence suggests that although the Soviet Union expressed serious concerns about U.S. missile defense… 

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