Category Archives: US Events

Our Man in Tehran

Our Man in Tehran 1941 – 1979 Replacing his deposed father, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was central to first British and then American plans for the Middle East. While Pahlavi undertook the mantle of western reformer, he often chafed under … Continue reading

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 11 Comments

Alliance for Progress

Alliance for Progress 1961 – 1973 Initiated by President Kennedy as a counter for growing Cuban influence in Central and South America, the Alliance for Progress was to help integrate the economies of North and Latin America. Emphases for the … Continue reading

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…”

“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…” 1961 – 1973 The seminal line of perhaps the most powerful inaugural address ever given by a US president, President Kennedy ushered in an era of American confidence and resolve during … Continue reading

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 8 Comments

Ussuri River Skirmish

Ussuri River Skirmish 1969 After years of deteriorating relations and China’s first nuclear test, forces of the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union clashed along their long and porous border. The Ussuri and Amur Rivers’ possession remained uncertain … Continue reading

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 4 Comments

The Voice of America

The Voice of America 1947 Formed in 1942 under the War Information Office, the VOA initially broadcast war news into Nazi occupied Europe. In 1947, it altered its mission to begin broadcasting into the Soviet Union. Voice of America has … Continue reading

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 6 Comments

Shuttle Diplomacy

Shuttle Diplomacy 1973 Personalized diplomacy that uses advances in transportation and communications, Shuttle Diplomacy was a hallmark of Henry Kissinger’s term as Secretary of State. Most famously, it was utilized to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Egypt after the … Continue reading

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 16 Comments

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

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Mid War, US Events | Tagged | 5 Comments