But on headline issues like arms control, he failed to make much progress.
But in the world of Western arms control policymakers, Li remains notorious.
Not without irony, the answer "has nothing to do with the future of Syria," points out Jeffrey Lewis at arms control Wonk.
Daryl Kimball of the arms control Association has it exactly right: The agreement was an “overdue if very modest step.”
Hawks in his administration hated the word “disarmament,” and wanted the agency named simply with the phrase “arms control.”
Their collateral damage has drawn opprobrium from human rights groups and arms control advocates.
Conservative columnist George Will ridiculed “the cult of arms control,” writing, “The Soviets want victories; we want treaties.”
“You are not going to have disarmament, but you could have arms control,” he said.
A refinement of the comprehensive test ban treaty of 1963 extended the prohibition on arms control to underground testing.
A swift conclusion to our arms control talks--conventional, chemical and strategic--must now be our goal.