Category Archives: Mid War

Sadat Expels Soviets

Sadat Expels Soviets 1972 Anwar Sadat was an early participant in anti-colonial activities against the British-sponsored Egyptian monarchy. He became vice president under Nasser, and inherited a deteriorating relationship with the USSR when he transitioned into the presidency. The Soviets … Continue reading

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Nixon Plays the China Card

Nixon Plays the China Card 1972 Realizing that normalization of relations with China was key for US withdrawal from South Vietnam, Nixon sought a summit between himself and Mao. Nixon dispatched Henry Kissinger to secret talks with the PRC’s foreign … Continue reading

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OAS Founded

OAS Founded 1948, 1967 Founded with the specific aim of promoting democracy in the western hemisphere, the OAS has been an occasionally useful body for the promotion of US interests within the hemisphere. It provided international legitimacy for US actions … Continue reading

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Latin American Death Squads

Latin American Death Squads 1960 – 1989 Throughout the Cold War, both left and rightwing governments supported reactionary regimes that resorted to disproportionate force when reacting to threats to that government. While this was a particular penchant of rightwing governments … Continue reading

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John Paul II Elected Pope

John Paul II Elected Pope 1978 The first non-Italian to be elected Pope since the 16th Century, Pope John Paul II represented a rejuvenation of Catholic influence upon the world stage. The United States gave formal diplomatic recognition to the … Continue reading

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Grain Sales to Soviets

Grain Sales to Soviets 1973 – 1980, 1981 – ? In 1973, difficult climatic circumstances and dramatic crop failures prompted President Nixon to allow for massive grain sales to the Soviet Union. While a blow to Russian pride, the program … Continue reading

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Puppet Governments

Puppet Governments 1949 – ? Not a concept unique to the Cold War, the term “puppet governments” refers to a regime that holds power due to, and with the support of, either the Soviet Union or the United States. A … Continue reading

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Camp David Accords

Camp David Accords 1978 Following a lull in the Middle East peace process caused by the 1976 presidential elections, President Carter entered office with a burst of new energy on the subject. Through direct personal appeal, Carter was able to … Continue reading

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Panama Canal Returned

Panama Canal Returned 1970 Though widely criticized by the right domestically, the Carter administration’s decision to turn over the Panama Canal to Panama proved immensely popular with Latin America. The Canal was a vital strategic link for the United States … Continue reading

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Colonial Rear Guards

Colonial Rear Guards 1946 – 1988 The Cold War was instigated in the context of an evolving international system. As the world relinquished a multi-polar system comprised of polyglot empires, it replaced it with a bi-polar system dominated by continental … Continue reading

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