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Safeguarding the Status Quo: The Johnson Administration, the October 1964 Khrushchev Ouster, and the Policy of Restraint

Safeguarding the Status Quo: The Johnson Administration, the October 1964 Khrushchev Ouster, and the Policy of Restraint
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Apr 28th, 3:00 pm End: Apr 28th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Slavic Studies (FAS), Political Science, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1950-2000
Lecture by Simon Miles, PhD cand., University of Texas, Austin -- NEW DATE

The Centre for the Study of the United States is pleased to present:

Simon Miles, PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Safeguarding the Status Quo: The Johnson Administration, the October 1964 Khrushchev Ouster, and the Policy of Restraint

This event was originally scheduled for 24 March 2015 and has been postponed to 28 April 2015. If you registered for 24 March and are not able to attend in April, please delete your registration HERE.

Organized by the Centre for the Study of the United States Graduate Student Workshop, Munk School of Global Affairs.

After considerable turbulence, the Cold War reached a period of relative stability in the early 1960s. The ouster of Nikita Khrushchev in October 1964 could have imperiled this inchoate accord between the U.S. and Soviet Union, but instead represented an acknowledgement in both Washington and Moscow of the importance of maintaining stability and consistency in superpower relations. Making extensive use of U.S. and Soviet primary materials, this paper outlines the successes and failures of American analysis and action during and after the leadership transition. This paper offers insight into policy making and preferences in the Johnson White House, the evolution of perceptions of the Soviet Union in the United States, and the roots of détente.

Simon Miles is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and a Fellow at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin. During 2014–2015, Miles is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is an examination of U.S.- Soviet relations during the early 1980s. It focuses on the frequent leadership changes in the Soviet Union, the management of international crises, and the role of nuclear weapons in the international system. Miles received an MA in International History from the London School of Economics.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please click HERE.

For more information, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at (416) 946-8972.

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