Diane Kunz

Diane Kunz is the executive director of the Center for Adoption Policy. Her most recent book is Butter and Guns: America's Cold War Economic Diplomacy.

Recent Articles

Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War

In 1984 I traveled to Berlin. Walking past Checkpoint Charlie, the famous American outpost on the border between East and West, made the Cold War tangible. Yet at the same time, having seen so many pictures and movies that focused on Berlin made me feel that I was playing the role of extra on the set of yet another espionage thriller. One thing I felt sure about was this: The Cold War would continue into the foreseeable future. Five years later, the Berlin Wall fell. Two years after that, on Christmas Day, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev was out of power in the Soviet Union. State communism was dead. I did not see it coming. Neither did many other people who make it their business to think about international affairs. (It is not simple coincidence that political scientists became enamored of chaos theory during the early 1990s.) We have all been trying to make sense of what happened ever since. Now comes Frances FitzGerald's contribution, Way Out There in the Blue . FitzGerald is a thoughtful...