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Helsinki 40 years later

Helsinki 40 ans après

International Reordering and Societal Change (1975-1990)

Reconfiguration internationale et changements sociaux (1975-1990)

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Published on Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Ever since its signing 40 years ago, the Helsinki Final Act has been at the heart of political and historical controversies. While at the time some saw it as an instrument designed to preserve the European status quo, today it is widely perceived as a major contribution to the end of the Cold War and the disappearance of the Soviet bloc. Twenty five years after the end of the Cold War, this conference will seek to evaluate the reality of this interaction between diplomacies and societies during and after the Helsinki conference.



Friday 11 December

08:45 Arrival of participants

09:00 Conference begins

09:15 First panel: Diplomats, diplomacies and the Making of the CSCE

Chair: Frédéric Bozo, Sorbonne Nouvelle/Sorbonne Paris Cité

  • Nicolas Badalassi, Université de Bretagne Sud (Lorient): “From Talleyrand to Sakharov: French diplomacy in search of a Helsinki effect”
  • Martin D. Brown & Angela Romano, University of Glasgow: “Executors or Creative Deal-Makers? The Role of the Diplomats in the making of the Helsinki CSCE”
  • Andrei Zagorski, MGIMO (Moscow): “The Human Dimension of the CSCE 1975—1990: A Driver and Hostage of Multilateral Diplomacy”
  • Stephan Kieninger, German Federal Archives (Koblenz): “A New Phase of the CSCE – Max Kampelman and the Madrid Follow-Up Meeting, 1980-1983”

Discussant: Gottfried Niedhart, Universität Mannheim

11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 Second panel: The United States, the CSCE, and the Transnational Promotion of Human Rights

Chair: Mario Del Pero, Sciences Po/Sorbonne Paris Cité

  • Carl Bon Tempo, University at Albany, State University of New York: “Helsinki at Home: NGOs, Helsinki, and Politics in the United States, 1975-1990”.
  • Christian P. Peterson, Ferris State University, Big Rapids: “Seeing the Value of the Helsinki Accords: Human Rights, Peace and Transnational Debates about Détente, 1981-1988”.
  • Elisabetta Vezzosi, University of Trieste: “The Committee of Concerned Scientists and the Helsinki Accords: "Refusenik" Scientists, Détente, and Human Rights”.

Discussant: Sarah Snyder, American University, Washington D.C. 

12:45 Lunch for participants

14:00 Third panel: The Politics of the CSCE in Europe

Chair: Anne de Tinguy, INALCO & Sciences Po/Sorbonne Paris Cité

  • Maximilian Graf, University of Vienna: “European Détente and the CSCE: TheCentral European Theatre in the 1970s and 1980s”
  • Hamit Kaba, Center for Albanian Studies (Tirana): “The Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe: a lost chance for Albania”
  • Frédéric Heurtebize, Université Paris Ouest La Défense: “The CSCE, Eurocommunism, and the Failure of Superpower Détente”
  • Evgenia Obitchkina, MGIMO (Moscow): “La troisième corbeille: casse-tête ou outil de la diplomatie soviétique?”

Discussant : Marie-Pierre Rey, Université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne

15:45 Coffee Break

16:00 Fourth panel: The Role of Dissidence

Chair: Kathy Rousselet, Sciences Po/Sorbonne Paris Cité

  • Robert Brier, London School of Economics: “The Rise of Soviet and East European Dissent: How Important was the Helsinki Final Act?”
  • Jacek Czaputowicz, Warsaw University: “The importance of the Helsinki Final Act for the Integration of the Opposition Groups in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Peace Movements in the 1980s”
  • Douglas Selvage, Office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (Berlin): “The Limits of Repression: Soviet-Bloc Security Services vs. Transnational Helsinki Networks, 1976-1986”

Discussant: Sophie Coeuré, Université Paris Diderot/Sorbonne Paris Cité

17:30 End of day’s proceedings (dinner for participants at 19:45).  

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09:30 Fifth panel: The CSCE and the End of the Cold War

Chair: Gottfried Niedhart, Universität Mannheim

  • Mathias Peter, Institut für Zeitgeschichte Munich–Berlin: “Saving Détente. The Federal Republic of Germany and the CSCE in the 1980s”
  • Oliver Bange, Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces (Potsdam): “Transformation by Linkage ? Arms Control, Human Rights and the Rift between Moscow and East Berlin in the late 1980s”
  • Svetlana Savranskaya, George Washington University (Washington D.C.): “"A Beautiful Dream but just a Dream": Gorbachev and CSCE, 1985-1991”

Discussant: Anne-Marie Le Gloannec, Sciences Po/Sorbonne Paris Cité

11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 Projection : Ludmila Alekseeva : An Interview, presented by Elena Smirnova and Sophie Coeuré

11:30 Roundtable: What Helsinki Effect? Diplomacies, Societies, and the Reunification of the Continent

With John Maresca (Geneva), Pierre Morel (Paris), Wolfgang Schenk (Berlin), Eugeniusz Smolar (Warsaw)

Moderation: Anne-Marie Le Gloannec, Sciences Po/Sorbonne Paris Cité

13:00 Lunch for participants


  • Sciences Po - 13 rue de l'Université
    Paris, France (75007)


  • Friday, December 11, 2015
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015


  • guerre froide, intellectuel, dissident, droit de l'homme, OSCE, union soviétique, communisme


  • Sophie Coeuré
    courriel : sophie [dot] coeure [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Gabrielle Chomentowski
    courriel : gabrielle [dot] chomentowski [at] inalco [dot] fr


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