Author Archives: theory

Iran-Iraq War

Iran-Iraq War 1980 – 1988 Commenting on the war, Henry Kissinger famously remarked, “Too bad they can’t both lose.” Sparked by simmering land disputes over the Shatt al-Arab, Saddam Hussein sought to establish Iraq as a true regional power, and … Continue reading

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Solidarity

Solidarity 1980 – ? A trade union movement originating in the Polish shipyards of Gdansk, Solidarity became the focal point for anti-communist resistance within the Eastern bloc. Solidarity quickly moved beyond a simple worker’s movement and rallied pro-Catholic, intellectuals and … Continue reading

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Wargames

Wargames 1956 – 1995 Brinksmanship was a term coined by John Foster Dulles to describe a policy of coming close to war, without falling into the abyss. At different times, during different crises, this policy was pursued by both superpowers. … Continue reading

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Pershing II Deployed

Pershing II Deployed 1984 – 1985 The Pershing II missile was designed as a direct counter to the Soviet Intermediate Range Missile, the SS-20. The deployment of 108 of these missiles in West Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom proved … Continue reading

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Aldrich Ames Remix

Aldrich Ames Remix 1985 – 1994 The first known successful penetration of the CIA by the KGB, Aldrich Ames compromised hundreds of CIA operations and provided information that resulted in the execution of 10 US sources. The CIA spent years … Continue reading

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“An Evil Empire”

“An Evil Empire” 1983 First used by President Ronald Reagan before the National Association of Evangelicals, conservatives applied the term “evil empire” to the Soviet Union. This change in terminology encapsulated the conservative movement’s rejection of Nixon’s morally ambiguous policy … Continue reading

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New to Twilight Struggle?

The Twilight Strategy blog will be on break for the holidays.  But if you or someone you know gets a copy of Twilight Struggle as a present, we’ve published some articles to help people getting into Twilight Struggle for the … Continue reading

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