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The subject of this week’s podcast is very relevant to today’s politics as the U.S and Russia are constantly at odds on the direction of world affairs. The discussion is about Great Power Detente — that is the policy of relaxation of tensions — in the 1970s between the Soviet Union and the United States.

Joining the discussion In this two part series is Jussi Hanhimaki, professor of history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is one of the founding editors of the journal “Cold War History, and in 2006 he was named Finland Distinguished Professor by the Academy of Finland. He’s also the author of several books and publications, including “The Rise and Fall of Detente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War.”

Listen to Part 1 of the interview: