His efforts contributed to the end of the Cold War and to advances in disarmament
Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, who headed the State Department under President Ronald Reagan and helped usher in a new era of U.S.-Soviet relations and end the Cold War, died Saturday at age 100.
This was reported by the Hoover Institution, based in California.
A man of great experience and gifts, Schultz achieved success in government, business, and science. Lawmakers praised him for his opposition to arms sales to Iran, which played a central role in the Iran-Contras scandal that marred Reagan’s second term as president.
Schultz’s work as head of American diplomacy in 1982-1989 contributed to the end of the Cold War between the United States and its allies, on the one hand, and the Soviet Union and the communist bloc, on the other.
Balanced, patient, and restrained, Schultz oversaw the completion of the historic treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles and created a model of relations between Washington and Moscow in which discussion of human rights became a regular item on the agenda.
At the same time, he failed to bring peace to the Middle East and Central America, despite significant personal efforts in this regard.
Schultz remained active when he was in his 90s, working at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and on various boards. He also wrote books and spoke out against the embargo on Cuba. He has also spoken out on issues related to climate change and Britain’s exit from the EU.