The Glassboro Summit

The Glassboro Summit

The Glassboro Summit

From June 23rd to June 25, 1967, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin discussed foreign affairs in the Hollybush Mansion on the campus of today's Rowan University. What would become known as the Glassboro Summit proved just as notable for its obscure location as its significance as a harbinger of cold war détente. Without a doubt, the geopolitical climate in the summer of 1967 provided plenty of substance for the two superpowers to discuss, including the Vietnam War, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, and antiballistic missile systems.

During the summit the two leaders covered all these issues and more, while laying a foundation for later discussions between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. The tone set at the summit created what Johnson himself termed "the Spirit of Hollybush," a renewed willingness to converse over dramatically important issues. Over the course of the following decades, that spirit would culminate in the Strategic Arms Lmitations Talks (SALT) in the 1970s, aiding efforts to avert future global nucelar confrontation. Of the importance of the summit, Johnson proclaimed, "We may have differences and difficulties ahead, but I think they will be lessened, not increased, by our new knowledge of each other.”