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Richard Davy
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Richard Davy graduated in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1953. After teaching in Italy and training in Edinburgh he served for nearly thirty years on The Times (London). He was a foreign correspondent in Germany, Washington and Eastern Europe, and an editorial writer and specialist in East-West relations. He covered much of the Prague Spring of 1968 and the long negotiations that produced the Helsinki Final Act of 1975. Later he was Managing Editor of the Oxford Analytic Daily Brief (an online consultancy) and after that a contributing editorial writer for The Independent. He was also a Specialist Adviser to a House of Commons Committee examining the Helsinki Final Act, a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, a Senior Adviser on a project on Eastern Europe for the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and a Senior Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford University.




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    Richard Davy, Defrosting the Cold War and Beyond: An introduction to the Helsinki Process 1954-2022. Routledge, Abingdon, 2023
  • Richard Davy, ed., European Detente: A Reappraisal, Sage Publications, London, for the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1992
  • "Report on publishing in the Visegrad countries" in Freedom for Publishing, Publishing for Freedom, Timothy Garton Ash ed., Central European University Press 1995.
  • "The Central European Dimension" in William Wallace, ed., The Dynamics of European Integration, Pinter Publishers for the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, 1990.
  • "Policies for Eastern Europe" in Robert Hunter, ed., Nato, the Next Generation, CSIS and Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1984.
  • Introduction, Fodor's Guide to Eastern Europe, 1982.
  • "The United States" in Nils Andren and Karl Birnbaun, ed., Belgrade and Beyond: The CSCE Process in Perspective, Sijthoff and Nordhoff, Netherlands, 1980.

Other Writings In:

The Times, The Independent, The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Das Parlament.

  • Helsinki myths: setting the record straight on the Final Act of the CSCE, 1975. Cold War History Vol. 9, No.1, February 2009.
  • Helsinki Scoreboard, The World Today, August 1976, 32/8. London: The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
  • ‘The CSCE Summit’, The World Today, September 1975. London: The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
  • Review of John W. Young, Twentieth-Century Diplomacy: A Case study of British Practice 1963-1776.Cambridge University Press, 2008, in Journal of Cold War Studies 13:3, Summer 2011.
  • Review of Mario del Pero, The Eccentric Realist: Henry Kissinger and the Shaping of American Foreign Policy.Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2010, in Journal of Cold War Studies 14:2, Spring 2012.
  • Review of Thomas Fischer, Neutral Power in the CSCE: The N+N States and the Making of the Helsinki Accords 1975. Baden-Baden: Nomos for the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, 2009, in Journal of Cold War Studies 13:1 Winter 2011.
  • Review of Andreas Wenger, Vojtech Mastny, and Christian Nuenlist, eds., Origins of the European Security System: The Helsinki Process Revisited, 1965–75. New York: Routledge, 2008, in Journal of Cold War Studies 12:4 Fall 2010.
  • Grossbritannien und die Deutsche Frage, Europa Archiv (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Auswaertige Politik) 25 February 1990.
  • The German questions: divided Germany’s dual relationship to the Soviet Union and to the West. The Ditchley Journal 1989.
  • Eastern Europe: New Policies for Old, The Washington Quarterly (The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University) Vol 7 no. 2 Spring 1984.
  • West Germany’s "Green" Party, The Journal of the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies VII no. 3 Autumn 1982.
  • Strategies of East and West, The Ditchley Journal Spring 1981.
  • Überlegungen zur britischen Ostpolitik, Europaeische Rundschau, 1972/2
  • Soviet Foreign Policy and the Invasion of Czechoslovakia, International Journal (Canadian Institute of International Affairs) Vol. XXXIII no. 4, autumn 1978.
  • No Progress at Belgrade, The World Today (Chatham House) April 1978.
  • Eurocommunismo: il suo significato per la Polonia e la Cecoslovacchia, Affari Esteri IX no. 36 October 1977.
  • "The ESC and the Politics of Eastern Europe" The World Today (Chatham House) July 1972
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