In practice, détente has been an active policy based on hard realities. Its goal is not a simple and temporary relaxation of international tension but the creation of mutual interest in the maintenance of peace.
"The Meaning of Détente,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 28:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol28/iss4/3