TIME covers the historical Geneva Summit.
The United States Strategic Defense Initiative was high on Gorbachev's agenda at the Geneva Summit.
Both powers wanted to have the right to defensive systems, and neither wanted the other to be the first to launch a missile. It was necessary to convince Gorbachev that America wanted peace above all else.
... and US President Ronald Reagan heralded the opening of a new era in relations for the superpowers. Geneva saw the first such encounter in November 1985.
The summit was planned several months in advance, due to the sensitivity of the issues. Reagan described the meeting as a "peace mission".
Reagan told Gorbachev that they were the only ones who could start World War III, but also the only leaders that could sow peace on Earth.