Category Archives: Late War

Latin American Debt Crisis

Latin American Debt Crisis 1982 – 1989 A ripple effect from the rise of Middle Eastern oil, Latin American governments experienced phenomenal growth from the 1950’s into the 1970’s. However, this came to an abrupt halt. Unfortunately, even with impressive … Continue reading

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Chernobyl

Chernobyl 1986 The Chernobyl accident was the worst disaster in the history of nuclear power. Radioactive debris spread in a massive cloud that stretched throughout Western Europe, and ultimately reached the eastern seaboard of the United States. 200,000 had to … Continue reading

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Iran-Contra Scandal

Iran-Contra Scandal 1985 In an effort to secure the release of US hostages in Lebanon, the Reagan administration undertook secret negotiations with Iran involving “arms for hostages.” This was in violation of the stated US policy of never negotiating with … Continue reading

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Terrorism

Terrorism 1949 – ? While a threat as old as human civilization, the use of terrorism as an instrument to change international policy ebbed and flowed throughout the Cold War. The Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies were known … Continue reading

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Ortega Elected in Nicaragua

Ortega Elected in Nicaragua 1985 – 1990 A political dissident since age 16, Daniel Ortega Saavedra spent time in a Managua prison. Upon his release, he fled to Cuba and established relationships which would be vital for the Sandinista movement. … Continue reading

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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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