Chapter

The End of Détente

Thomas K. Robb

in Jimmy Carter and the Anglo-American 'Special Relationship'

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9781474407014
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781474430944 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407014.003.0006

Series: Edinburgh Studies in Anglo-American Relations

The End of Détente

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With the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, superpower détente broke down. With it came a hardening of U.S. foreign policy towards Moscow. Efforts to implement a series of sanctions against Moscow are explored within this chapter and highlights how London decided to protect its narrow commercial interests against the wishes of Washington. This chapter also surveys Anglo-American cooperation and competition as it pertained to the boycott of the 1980 summer Olympic games, the Iranian hostage situation and the Trident nuclear weapons agreement between London and Washington.

Keywords: Afghanistan; Carter; Olympic Games; Trident; grand strategy; nuclear weapons

Chapter.  13561 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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