Category Archives: Neutral Events

Summit

Summit 1959, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 Summits between the leadership of the superpowers became major implements of public diplomacy from the mid to late Cold War. Success was measured in terms of agenda items … Continue reading

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SALT Negotiations

SALT Negotiations 1969, 1972 Initiated during the Johnson Administration, and completed by President Nixon and Secretary Brezhnev, the first Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) treaty essentially sought to limit the number of nuclear platforms, and restrict defensive systems that threatened … Continue reading

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Cuban Missile Crisis

Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 The mere mention of this event elicits fears of the nuclear holocaust that almost was. For 14 days in October 1962, the two superpowers seemed destined to clash directly about the Soviet emplacement of Medium Range … Continue reading

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Arms Race

Arms Race 1947 –1989 The arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States was at play throughout the Cold War, and many attribute the Soviet Union’s collapse to an inability to sustain the final arms race instigated by … Continue reading

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Regions: Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Scoring In Southeast Asia the process of decolonization intertwined with superpower rivalry in particularly deadly ways. Beginning with the British counter-insurgency in Malaya, to the US wars in Vietnam and Cambodia, and ending in 1979 with the Sino-Vietnamese … Continue reading

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Regions: Central America

Central America Scoring Central America and the Caribbean were frequently termed America’s “backyard” and “lake.” With the advent of Fidel Castro in the 1959, Americans could no longer take the region for granted. The US reaction to communist influence in … Continue reading

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Brush War

Brush War 1947– ? Also characterized as low intensity conflicts, brush wars tended to begin in reaction to local conditions either within a state or between states. However, due to duration, or superpower intervention, an essentially local dispute could be … Continue reading

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Regions: South America

South America Scoring The regional penchant to turn to strong men or military juntas to resolve questions of instability made South America ripe for leftist reaction throughout the Cold War. Rising nationalism and the world-wide wave of anti-imperialist sentiment also … Continue reading

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Nuclear Test Ban

Nuclear Test Ban 1963 – ? The first Nuclear Test Ban treaty owes its origins to the de-escalation process that followed the Cuban Missile Crisis. It prohibited further nuclear tests in the air, underwater or in space. International pressure for … Continue reading

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UN Intervention

UN Intervention 1947–? The United Nations remained generally unable to influence the struggle between the superpowers due to Security Council veto power throughout the Cold War. However, it occasionally stood as a gauge for world opinion, and could mediate in … Continue reading

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