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The Relevance of Détente to American Foreign Policy: The Case of Greece, 1967–1979

The Relevance of Détente to American Foreign Policy: The Case of Greece, 1967–1979 This article contributes to the historiography of détente from an original viewpoint, namely the relationship between the United States and Greece. It substantiates the argument that the supposed spirit of détente did not help lessen American realpolitik considerations concerning Greece and its surrounding geostrategic region; in fact, the more Cold War antagonisms intensified in the region, the more Greece was locked in the morass of superpower rivalries. This tendency was also, ironically, re-invigorated following Greece’s adoption of its own Ostpolitik largely thanks to the spirit of détente. This paradigm was reflected in the policy of the four successive American administrations between 1967 and 1979 during which détente had become the most popular notion in the Cold War lexicon. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Diplomacy & Statecraft Taylor & Francis

The Relevance of Détente to American Foreign Policy: The Case of Greece, 1967–1979

Diplomacy & Statecraft , Volume 25 (4): 23 – Oct 2, 2014
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1557-301X
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0959-2296
DOI
10.1080/09592296.2014.967130
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Abstract

This article contributes to the historiography of détente from an original viewpoint, namely the relationship between the United States and Greece. It substantiates the argument that the supposed spirit of détente did not help lessen American realpolitik considerations concerning Greece and its surrounding geostrategic region; in fact, the more Cold War antagonisms intensified in the region, the more Greece was locked in the morass of superpower rivalries. This tendency was also, ironically, re-invigorated following Greece’s adoption of its own Ostpolitik largely thanks to the spirit of détente. This paradigm was reflected in the policy of the four successive American administrations between 1967 and 1979 during which détente had become the most popular notion in the Cold War lexicon.

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Published: Oct 2, 2014

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