“New Perspectives on Détente”
December 19-21, 2005
- 18:00 - 18:30 Reception and Greetings
- 18:30 - 19:30 Keynote Lecture
- John Lewis Gaddis: "New Perspectives on Detente: What Is There to Argue About?"
- 09:45 - 11:30 The Origins of Détente
- Chairperson: Raymond Cohen (Hebrew U.)
- Jeremi Suri: "Detente, International Order, and Human Rights in the 1970s"
- Vladislav Zubok: "Origins of Détente: the View from the Kremlin"
- Commentators: Thomas Schwartz, Raymond Cohen (10 minutes each)
- 11:45 - 13:30 The Conduct of Détente
- Chairperson: Yitzhak Shichor (Haifa University)
- Shuguang Zhang: “Détente and Beijing's Rapprochement with the United States”
- Thomas Schwartz: "Henry Kissinger, Europe and the Conduct of Détente: Allies as Advocates, Problems and Partners"
- Commentators: Mary Sarotte, John Lewis Gaddis (10 minutes each)
- 15:00 - 16:45 The View from the Middle East
- Chairperson: Galia Bar-Nathan (Hebrew U.)
- Rami Ginat: From "Positive Neutralism" to "Pro-Soviet Neutralism": Egypt's Inter-Bloc Policies under Nasser".
- Zach Levey: "The United States and the Egyptian Expulsion of Soviet Advisers, July 1972: Reassessment"
- Noam Kochavi: "Hidden-Hand Idealpolitik: Israel, Soviet Jewish Emigration, and the Nixon Administration, 1969-1974"
- Commentator: Uri Bialer (Hebrew U.)
- 19:30 Dinner at the "Inbal Hotel" for conference participants
- 10:00 - 11:45 The Legacy and Consequences of Détente
- Chairperson: Arie Kacowitz (Hebrew University)
- Papers: Jussi Hanhimaki: "The Unintended Consequences of European Détente"
- Odd Arne Westad: "Why Detente Collapsed: Three Hypotheses"
- Commentators: Vladislav Zubok, Shu Guang Zhang
- 13:00 - 15:00 Roundtable, closed to the public.
- Chairperson: Noam Kochavi.
The agenda is quite flexible; the purpose is to allow as fruitful a discussion as possible. I suggest two departure points for discussion: (a) Kissinger and other key Détente policymakers in light of recent archival revelations, to be launched by Jussi Hanhimaki (15-minute presentation); and (b) Détente and new directions in International History, to be launched by Odd Arne Westad (15-minute presentation).