The Georgia Historical Society will kick off its 2020-2021 Georgia History Festival next Wednesday, October 14th with an exclusive sit-down with former Georgia U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn as he reflects on the impact of the Cold War on American foreign policy and national security. Our readers can click HERE to register for the virtual event.
Nunn, the former chairman of the powerful U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, was a key figure in international politics at the height of the Cold War. He helped draft the Goldwater–Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act with the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, and later authored the Nunn–Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Act, which helped deactivate more than 7,600 nuclear warheads in Russia and the former Soviet republics as the Soviet Union collapsed.
“For 44 years, the Cold War and the arms race influenced almost every aspect of American life and united the country to rally against a common enemy,” says Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “As a United States Senator for 25 years, Sam Nunn had a front row seat and interacted with the key players in the Cold War including Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger, and Ronald Reagan. We look forward to hearing about his role and experiences as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the legacy of the Cold War that lingers today.”
Hear the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee speak about his experiences in guiding the U.S. through one of the most important stretches in its history as he sits down with GHS next Wednesday from 1-2pm in a special virtual roundtable. Our readers can click HERE to register for the event.