The end of the Cold War has understandably transfixed scholars of international history and international relations. But Reagan’s imprint on history extended beyond that grand drama. His handling of U.S. relations with Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East paved the way for the triumphs and travails of the past decades and merits sustained historical attention. Without losing sight of the centrality of the Cold War, this conference will assess how Reagan and his administration conducted the full spectrum of U.S. foreign policy and the various legacies his presidency left behind for world politics.
The conference’s organizers invite paper proposals based on original research that offer new accounts of U.S. foreign and national security policy from 1981 to 1989 (and welcome those that may also partly extend into the Jimmy Carter or George H. W. Bush presidencies). We define national security broadly and encourage topics that integrate domestic politics, cultural relations, transnational and non-state actors, technology, economics, international institutions, and law. Papers could address, inter alia:
- The Middle East
- Latin America
- The Atlantic Community
- South and East Asia
- The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
- Global issues (e.g. human rights, cybernetics, finance, counterterrorism, etc.)
- Reagan’s government and national security policy
- Reagan and grand strategy
The conference promises to be a major event, featuring three days of panels, lectures, and conversations, among them an an introductory talk from H. W. Brands, the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas and author of Reagan: The Life, and a keynote address by Melvyn P. Leffler, the Edward Stettinius Professor of History at the University of Virginia, co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Cold War, and author of For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War.
Interested in applying? You should move fast. Brief brief proposals (350 words maximum) need to be sent to the organizers, accompanied by a CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30 2016.
Those selected will be informed by early June. Air travel, accommodations, and meals will be provided for participants who do not have their own travel funds.