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“A Bilateral Affair: The Soviet Union, Turkey, and International Relations in the Interwar Period.”: A Talk by Samuel Hirst

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On Friday, May 17 at 18.00 at Staraia Basmannaia, 21/4 Room L-306, Samuel Hirst (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University, Ankara) will give a talk called “A Bilateral Affair: The Soviet Union, Turkey, and International Relations in the Interwar Period.”

Abstract. The general trend of international relations in the interwar period was from the quest for collective security in the 1920s to two-party agreements in the 1930s. Yet Mosow and Ankara signed a demonstrative bilateral treaty in response to Locarno in 1925, and, in 1932 and 1934 respectively, Turkey and the Soviet Union joined the League of Nations as other states were exiting. These two countries’ interactions thus defied broader patterns and point to the limits of the order that emerged from Paris in 1919. More broadly, the story of post-World War I Soviet-Turkish convergence allows us to examine the development of a way of thinking about international relations in bilateral terms that became ubiquitous in the 20th century.

The talk will be given in English.

Non-HSE staff who would like to attend the talk can order a pass from Nadezhda Nekrasova (nvnekrasova@hse.ru).