Friday, November 16, 5:30pm – 7pm
Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street)
Join Professor Michael Cotey Morgan and MASS Principal Peter MacLeod as they discuss Morgan’s debut book, The Final Act: The Helsinki Accords and the Transformation of the Cold War.
At MASS, we love a good process story and it’s hard to beat this surprising and neglected tale of an unusual three-year conference, staffed by hundreds of diplomats in Helsinki and Geneva. The resulting Helsinki Final Act — signed by international leaders at the biggest summit meeting in over a century — was greeted with both acclaim and derision, but ultimately set the stage for the end of the Cold War.
Morgan’s book is being called a ‘masterpiece’ and the ‘definitive account’ of this crucial period.
The Final Act is also instructive — first, as a guide to an era of statecraft that has gone decidedly out of fashion, and second, as an example of how democratic governments can turn geopolitical turmoil into opportunity. It offers powerful lessons for thinking about how to rebuild political legitimacy today.
Morgan and MacLeod will talk about this period as well as the strategies governments use to stake out and find common ground.
This event is free, and books will be available for sale and signing. All we ask is that you register to ensure we have enough seats available.