Project Title: The Edinburgh Conversations: Scotland and the End of the Cold War
About Niall’s Research
How did civil society help foster global change towards the Cold War’s end? Niall’s project investigates the most prominent Scottish example of this phenomenon: the ‘Edinburgh Conversations’ of the 1980s. Organised by academics, journalists and activists, these annual East-West talks increasingly attracted the interest of British, Soviet and American officials at a time of renewed tensions. The project uses international archival research and oral history in order to examine this unique attempt to overcome state rivalries through open, personal dialogue. It will recover the legacy of this cultural diplomacy and explore its relevance to Scotland’s renewed political engagement with the wider world today.