George P. Shultz comments on the philosophy of the Hoover Institution in getting involved in conferences around the world which seek to advance the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons.
The first of these was the Reykjavik Revisited conference held at Stanford in October of 2007.
George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth U.S. Secretary of State and served until January 20, 1989. In January 1989, he rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution.
He is a member of the board of directors of Fremont Group and Accretive Health. He is chairman of the J. P. Morgan Chase International Council and chairman of the Accenture Energy Advisory Board. He is also chairman of the California Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and co-chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger.
He was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on January 19, 1989. He also received the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service (2001), and the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002). He is the recipient of the Elliot Richardson Prize for Excellence and Integrity in Public Service, The James H. Doolittle Award, and the John Witherspoon Medal for Distinguished Statesmanship.
The George Shultz National Foreign Service Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, was dedicated on May 29, 2002.
George Shultz discusses the reaction to the essay he co-wrote after the Reykjavik Revisited summit, which called for nuclear disarmament, and describes his surprise at how the reaction differed from reactions to the original summit between Reagan and Gorbachev.
George Shultz stresses that the U.S. president must take leadership in international global disarmament negotiations, and he explains the importance of Congress handling the issue in a non-partisan - not just bi-partisan - way.
Former Secretary of State George Shultz gives his advice on how to approach a global effort at nuclear disarmament. He believes it must be a global initiative, even if led by the U.S. President, with all countries participating equally.