Category Archives: Late War

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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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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