DIRECTOREspar, David
TITLEWar and Peace in the Nuclear Age: Part IX, Carter's New World
DISTRIBUTORAnnenberg/CPB Project
RUNNING TIME60 minutes

This film concentrates on nuclear arms policies and United States relations with the Soviet Union during the Carter administration. While Carter initially vowed to decrease the amount of policy focus on the Soviet Union, the film depicts an administration that was unsure about the direction its policy would take. Conflicting personalities at the policy-making level in the Carter administration led to incoherent principles and strategy that made arms control more difficult and threatened Carter’s popularity in the United States. The film claims that Carter attempted to distinguish himself from previous administrations and the policies of the former Secretary of State Kissinger by drawing on his human rights campaign and his new proposal for SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) II treaty negotiations. The film is the ninth of a thirteen part series, including interviews and original footage, on World War II and the Cold War through the Reagan administration.

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