EVENT VIDEO: Detente and Its Collapse in the 1970s: Lessons for Today?

Friday, November 6, 2015


On November 6, 2015, the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations hosted its inaugural academic conference, on “Detente and Its Collapse in the 1970s: Lessons for Today?”

The conference brought together leading scholars from the U.S. and Russia, including historians with deep knowledge of U.S. and Soviet archives and other primary sources, and political scientists specializing in analysis of the current fraught U.S.-Russian relationship. The goals of the conference were to encourage creative thinking about enduring international patterns and their disruption, to seek useful wisdom for current policy from past experiences, and to create new scholarly networks across disciplinary and national divides.

Click here to see the full program with participant bios. 

Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC7AG4KuLO4

Welcoming Remarks

Alexander Cooley (Director, Harriman Institute)

Kimberly Marten (Director, Program on U.S.-Russia Relations)

Detente and Its Collapse: The Big Picture and Its Current Relevance?


Richard K. Betts (Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies, and Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia)


Melvyn P. Leffler (Edward Stettinius Professor of History, University of Virginia)

Vladislav Zubok (Professor of International History, LSE)

Vladimir Pechatnov (Professor and Chair of European and American Studies, MGIMO)

Robert Jervis (Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia)

Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMz32TOX1hM

New Research, New Perspectives?


Austin Long (Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia)


Svetlana Savranskaya (Senior Research Fellow and Director of Russia Programs, National Security Archive, George Washington University)

Keren Yarhi-Milo (Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton)

Daniel Sargent (Associate Professor of History, University of California Berkeley)

Part III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeUD6GDuAI8

Detente and Its Collapse: Lessons for Today?


Kimberly Marten (Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College)


Feodor Voitolovsky (Deputy Director, Primakov Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO))

Deborah Welch Larson (UCLA Professor of Political Science, University of California Los Angeles)

Robert H. Legvold (Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia)

Dmitry Suslov (Deputy Director, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow)


Part I
Part II
Part III