The Diplomacy of Detente: Cooperative Security Policies from Helmut Schmidt to George Shultz - Cold War History (Hardback)Stephan Kieninger (author)
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This book investigates the underlying reasons for the longevity of detente and its impact on East-West relations.
The volume examines the relevance of trade across the Iron Curtain as a means to facilitate mutual trust, as well as the emergence of new habits of transparency regardless of recurring military crises. A major theme of the book concerns Helmut Schmidt's foreign policy and his contribution to the resilience of cooperative security policies in East-West relations. It examines Schmidt's crucial role in the Euromissile crisis, his Ostpolitik diplomacy and his pan-European trade initiatives to engage the Soviet Union in a joint perspective of trade, industry and technology. Another key theme concerns the crisis in US-Soviet relations and the challenges of meaningful leadership communication between Washington and Moscow in the absence of backchannel diplomacy during the Carter years. The book depicts the freeze in US-Soviet relations after the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, the declaration of martial law in Poland, and Helmut Schmidt's efforts to serve as a mediator and interpreter working for a relaunch of US-Soviet dialogue. Eventually, the book highlights George Shultz's pivotal role in the Reagan Administration's efforts to improve US-Soviet relations, well before Mikhail Gorbachev's arrival.
This book will be of interest to students of Cold War studies, diplomatic history, foreign policy and international relations.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
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