From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR
Louis Sell is a retired Foreign Service officer who served twentyseven years with the US Department of State, specializing in Soviet and Balkan affairs. He is the author of Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, also published by Duke University Press.
The Unhappy Presidency of Jimmy Carter
This chapter covers Carter’s initial angry exchanges with Brezhnev, SALT II negotiations, divisions within the administration over policy toward Moscow, and the Vienna summit held in 1979, with Carter’s controversial kiss with Brezhnev. It discusses the Soviet-Cuban offensive in Angola and Ethiopia, which installed pro-Moscow regimes in a region previously far removed from Soviet influence and which many in Moscow saw as a sign that the world balance was shifting toward the USSR but which later came to be viewed as imperial overreach, setting the stage for later collapse. The chapter concludes with the author’s experiences in the late 1970s in contacts with Soviet dissidents, refuseniks, and Moscow’s unofficial artist community.