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Ice War Diplomat: Hockey Meets Cold War Politics at the 1972 Summit Series

Date & Time

Oct. 26, 2022
10:00am – 11:00am ET


Online Only


The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute invites you to celebrate hockey and diplomacy, highlighting the story of Ambassador Gary Smith’s role in the 1972 Summit Series and his book, Ice War Diplomat, published by Douglas & McIntyre.

Please join us for a panel discussion with Ambassador Gary Smith on his book, Ice War Diplomat, moderated by Heather Exner-Pirot, alongside Blair Ruble and Andrew Holman. 

"Smith narrates the on-ice action, including Canada’s series-clinching win in Game Eight. This is an appealing account of sports diplomacy in action.” - Publisher's Weekly

"Former Ambassador Smith has elegantly assembled an honest and uplifting sports history that represents a rare insider view of the diplomacy process and its successes and failures during the Cold War." - Library Journal


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Canada Institute

The mission of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute is to raise the level of knowledge of Canada in the United States, particularly within the Washington, DC policy community.  Research projects, initiatives, podcasts, and publications cover contemporary Canada, US-Canadian relations, North American political economy, and Canada's global role as it intersects with US national interests.  Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program makes public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, facilitates scholarship based on those records, and uses these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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