Simon Miles tracks key events in US-Soviet relations in the first half of the 1980s. He argues that covert engagement gave way to overt conversation as both superpowers determined that open diplomacy was the best means of furthering their own, primarily competitive, goals. Miles narrates the history of these dramatic years, as President Ronald Reagan consistently applied a disciplined carrot-and-stick approach, reaching out to Moscow while at the same time excoriating the Soviet system and building up US military capabilities.
Simon Miles, Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Professor of History, Harvard University
Moderator: Mark Kramer, Program Director, Cold War Studies Program, Davis Center
This event is free and open to the public.