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Simon Miles

MA, London School of Economics and Political Science; BA, University of Toronto

Ph.D. Candidate
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Biography

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department and a Fellow at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft. I am currently completing my dissertation with full funding from the Social Sciences and Humanties Research Council of Canada. During the 2014–2016 academic years, I will be away from Austin as a Visiting Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto.

My academic interests center on the Cold War, and in particular Soviet-American relations during the conflict. My dissertation focuses on Western relations with the Soviet Union during the often-overlooked 1982-1985 period during which Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko led the Soviet Union. My research makes use of American, British, German (both BRD and DDR), French, Canadian, and Russian documents to understand this dynamic period from an international perspective. I am particularily keen to understand how the US and the rest of the Western community managed and understood both the frequent leadership changes in the Kremlin and international crises during this period.

Prior to beginning my studies at the University of Texas, I completed an MA at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2011) in the International History program and an Honors BA at the University of Toronto (Trinity College, 2010) in History and International Relations.

Research Contributions

Articles (* denotes peer review)

* “Envisioning Détente: The Johnson Administration and the October 1964 Khrushchev Ouster.” Forthcoming in Diplomatic History.

* “Carving A Diplomatic Niche? The April 1956 Soviet Visit to Britain.” Diplomacy & Statecraft, vol. 24, no. 4 (2013): 579–596.

“NATO’s Future Role in the Abkhazia Dispute.” Atlantic Voices, vol. 2, no. 1 (2012): 7–11.

Conference & Workshop Presentations

“‘Quiet Diplomacy’: The Reagan Administration’s Initial Engagement with the Soviet Union in Theory and Practice.” Paper to be presented at “The Great Transformation? Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War” conference, hosted by the Department of International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. 24–26 September 2015.

“Selling Rapprochement: Foreign Policy and the 1984 Presidential Election.” Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, VA. 25–27 June 2015.

“Selling Rapprochement: Foreign Policy and the 1984 Presidential Election.” Paper to be presented at the Summer Institute of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Columbus, OH. 19–23 June 2015.

“Safeguarding the Status Quo: The Johnson Administration, the October 1964 Khrushchev Ouster, and the Policy of Restraint.” Paper to be presented at the Centre for the Study of the United States and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 24 March 2015.

“The Domestic Politics of Superpower Rapprochement: Ronald Reagan, Walter Mondale, and the Audience Costs Mechanism.” Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA. 19 February 2015.

“Envisioning Détente: The Johnson Administration and the 1964 Ouster of Nikita Khrushchev.” Paper presented at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 6 October 2014.

“‘Quiet Diplomacy’: The Reagan Administration’s Initial Engagement with the Soviet Union.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Lexington, KY. 21 June 2014.

“Envisioning Détente: The Johnson Administration and the 1964 Ouster of Nikita Khrushchev.” Paper presented at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 30 October 2013.

“Carving A Diplomatic Niche? Examining the April 1956 Soviet Visit to Britain as a Missed Opportunity for Cold War De-escalation.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, VA. 22 June 2013.

“Carving A Diplomatic Niche? Examining the April 1956 Soviet Visit to Britain as a Missed Opportunity for Cold War De-escalation.” Paper presented at the London School of Economics and Political Science, George Washington University, and University of California at Santa Barbara International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, Washington, DC. 27 April 2013.

“The Role of Face in Russo-American Relations: Lessons from the Conclusion of the Cold War and Prognoses for the Future.” Paper presented at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 20 March 2013.

Public Presentations & Lectures

“Brezhnev-Era Foreign Policy.” Lecture in History of Russia Since 1917 (HIS 343M), The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 8 April 2014.

“The Second Cold War, 1980–1985.” Lecture in US Foreign Relations 1914–Present (HIS 333M), The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 1 April 2014.

“Envisioning Détente: The Johnson Administration and the 1964 Ouster of Nikita Khrushchev.” Lecture to the Slavic Club, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 27 March 2014.

“The Past, Present, and Future of Russo-American Relations.” Lecture at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 4 February 2014.

Book Reviews

Review of Stalin’s American Spy: Noel Field, Allen Dulles, and the East European Show Trials, by Tony Sharp (London: Hurst & Company, 2014). Forthcoming in Intelligence and National Security.

Review of The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev’s Adaptability, Reagan’s Engagement, and the End of the Cold War, by James Graham Wilson (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013). Forthcoming in International Journal.

Review of Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire, by Eliga H. Gould (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012). International Journal, vol. 69, no. 3 (2014): 453–454.

Review of European Security in NATO’s Shadow: Party Ideologies and Institution Building, by Stephanie C. Hofmann (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). International Journal, vol. 69, no. 2 (2014): 258–260.

Review of Reagan on War: A Reappraisal of the Weinberger Doctrine, 1980–1984, by Gail E. S. Yoshitani (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012). Not Even Past. https://notevenpast.org/reagan-on-war-a-reappraisal-of-the-weinberger-doctrine-1980-1984-by-gail-e-s-yoshitani-2012/.

Interests

Cold War diplomatic history; US foreign relations; Soviet foreign relations; Leadership transitions; Canadian foreign relations
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