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18:00 - 20:00 12 March 2015

The 2015 Richard E Neustadt Lecture on the American Presidency: Jimmy Carter and the USSR

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Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

John Dumbrell, Professor of Government, Durham University

The détente of the 1970s came to an end during Jimmy Carter's presidency (1977-81) to be followed by a renewal of Cold War confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union. Drawing on newly released records, John Dumbrell explores how Carter's presidency sought to engage with the Soviet Union in pursuit of peace but ultimately decided that a reassertion of US military power was needed to curb the Kremlin's adventurism. In this regard Carter started the military build-up that Ronald Reagan would ultimately complete in order to compel the Soviets to recognize that they could not win a new arms race.

The talk will also examine how Jimmy Carter's relationship with the Soviet leaders has parallels in today's Obama-Putin relationship and whether there are any lessons to be drawn from the past.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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