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Contrasts, Contradictions & Continuity: Understanding Carter’s Cold War

March 29, 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00 PM

Contrasts, Contradictions, and Continuity: Understanding Carter’s Cold War

Richard M. Filipink, Professor of History at Western Illinois University, examines the Cold War policies of President Jimmy Carter which are a confused combination of contradictions and continuity. In this presentation we will examine how the Carter administration oscillated in its handling of the Soviet Union, inconsistently applied standards for human rights, and completed the process of recognizing the People’s Republic of China. Filipink will also discuss the divisions within Carter’s foreign policy team and how they influenced his actions. Carter’s policies shaped not only the final stage of the Cold War, but lay the foundation for global relations today.


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