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Glasnost

Glasnost 1985 – 1989 The Russian word for openness, Glasnost was introduced as a public policy by Mikhail Gorbachev. While his long term aim may have been to improve the freedoms of the Russian people, his more immediate goal was … Continue reading

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Soviets Shoot Down KAL-007

Soviets Shoot Down KAL-007 1983 Flying from New York City, to Seoul, South Korea, the doomed Korean Airlines Flight 007 strayed into Soviet Airspace due to a navigational error involving the plane’s autopilot system. While the Soviets contemporaneously claimed that … Continue reading

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Marine Barracks Bombing

Marine Barracks Bombing 1983 After the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the United States and France dispatched troops to form a peace keeping force between the opposing sides. Terrorist attacks on the troop barracks of both nations resulted in terrible losses. … Continue reading

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The Reformer

The Reformer 1985 — 1991 Successor to the short-lived premiership of Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev was the only Soviet leader to be born after the Russian Revolution of 1917. His experience within the Politburo gave him broad exposure to the … Continue reading

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North Sea Oil

North Sea Oil 1980 While the first oil discoveries in the North Sea occurred in the 1960’s, it would take the Iranian oil crisis to make the exploitation of North Sea oil economically viable. The North Sea contains the majority … Continue reading

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Star Wars

Star Wars 1983 – ? More properly known as the Strategic Defense Initiative, President Reagan announced this radical departure from the Cold War doctrine of “mutually assured destruction” in a live television speech to the American public. The initial concept … Continue reading

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Reagan Bombs Libya

Reagan Bombs Libya 1986 After the fall of Nasser, a petro-dollar empowered strongman, Muamar Qaddafi, sought Libya’s day in the sun as leader of the Arab world. To prove his bona-fides Qaddafi became the leading source for state supported terrorism … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady 1979 – 1990 In many ways presaging the “Reagan revolution” in the United States, Margaret Thatcher led a rejuvenation of the conservative movement in the United Kingdom. An ardent anti-communist, Thatcher received the moniker “Iron Lady” from … Continue reading

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Iranian Hostage Crisis

Iranian Hostage Crisis 1979 – 1981 A violent reaction to traditional US support for the repressive regime of the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, 65 Americans were held for 444 days after Islamic revolutionaries stormed the US embassy. The … Continue reading

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Mid War recap

The analyses for all of the Mid War cards are finished.  Here is a brief summary of the Mid War cards (including Optional Cards, as always): Mid War Neutral US USSR All cards Scoring 4 4 1 Ops 1 4 … Continue reading

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