Washington, Moscow and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War

Dec. 1, 2020, 12:30-2:00pm

Join Harvard's Davis Center for a talk with Simon Miles on developments in the U.S.-Soviet relationship around the end of the Cold War. Miles tracks key events in U.S.-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 U.S. 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

Mark Kramer (moderator), program director, Cold War Studies Program, Davis Center