Simon Miles, Duke University

The War Scare That Wasn’t: Able Archer 83 and the Myths of the Second Cold War

Simon Miles

Duke University

October 23, 2019 12:00PM E40-496 (Pye Room)


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Simon Miles is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Russian and Eurasian Studies at Duke University’s Sanford School. A diplomatic historian, Simon’s work focuses on US-Russian relations in particular and Cold War international history in general. His first book, Engaging the ‘Evil Empire’: US-Soviet Relations, 1980–1985 (forthcoming from Cornell University Press), uses archival materials from both sides of the Iron Curtain to understand the origins of the end of the Cold War. He is beginning his second, On Guard for Peace and Socialism, an international history of the Warsaw Pact.

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