The Cold War: Détente and Arms Control

12 Dec 2016

On Monday, December 12, 2016, Mark Albertson joined us for week three of his Cold War lecture series.

The jockeying for position of primacy between Washington and Moscow sometimes resembled a high stakes game of chicken. But behind the idea of Détente was the military card; in particular, the nuclear option. This talk will trace attempts at nuclear disarmament, such as SALT I–the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks I; SALT II; the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty or START I; the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. These will be explored against the background for potential use: Operation Vulture, 1954; the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962; the Arab-Israeli War, 1973.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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