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Intro to World Politics
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Date Created: 09/01/16
Intro to World Politics (Lecture 4) Professor Thomas 8/31/16 Why was there a Cold War?   Communism vs Capitalism  o Competing ideology between the Soviets and Americans; democracy vs  authoritarianism  o Both U.S. style capitalism and Soviet communism cannot coexist with one  another  o Fight to the death that one or the two countries were going to cease to exist  Both sides saw it necessary to establish mechanisms that were designed to  guarantee a victory  o Conflict between major powers is inevitable   Arms race; dictates much of the war; cause and effect   During the Russian Revolution (1917­1923): power struggle between  Russia; catalyses Tsar (“whites”; America supports them)  If you’re going to trample into another country’s sovereignty you better  make sure your side wins; if not, there will be political conflicts  o “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”: a common doctrine that describes the  Soviet Union’s place in WWII   The U.S. and the Soviet Union shared the same enemy: the Nazis  o The Codes: an enigma machine that was able to decipher Germans “unbreakable  codes” (Alan Turing helped to decode this; turned out to be gay and the British  force fed him chemicals to cure him until he would later committed suicide)   Millions of Soviets died and could have been saved had they known about  The Codes  o Dual power (“bipolar system”)  o 1946 crisis in Iran; expressed lack of trust between the Soviets and Americans   Soviets were supposed to control Iran, however, the Americans/British  didn’t want to give up a main/important source of oil  The Bomb  Atomic weapons fundamentally change the way the world looks at war  o WWII was defined by bombardment but Little Boy and Fat Man created the  possibilities for a WWIII of annihilation rather than attrition   Soviets Institute of 1945: a program to create their own nuclear weapons  o Deterrence: the only thing that the Soviets could check the U.S. nuclear monopoly  Three C’s: Communication, Capability, and Credibility    Designed to check the power between the U.S. and the Soviets; prevention of using nuclear weapons for catastrophic effects  The Arms Race and MAD  Problem: one bomb is destabilizing (use it or lose it­­gives both sides the incentive to  strike early)  o Many nuclear weapons are stabilizing  o The harder a nuclear arsenal is to destroy the more stabilizing it becomes­­ Mutually Assured Destruction  o You NEED a second strike capability to have a nuclear deterrent  o This leads to a nuclear arms race, hair trigger alert, and the development of the  nuclear triad  The Triad and Targets  Nuclear Triad: o Bombs, land based missiles, and submarine missiles   1st Strike Targets: Nuclear military and command targets (decapitation strike: completely destroys nuclear arsenal and military/civilian leadership)   2nd Strike Targets: cities, population centers, infrastructure   3rd Strike Targets: long term infrastructure and military capability  The Iron Curtain  Article 5 of the NATO Treaty (be familiar with this): attack on one is an attack on all o Part of the MAD clause (First World: US and Allies NATO) (2nd World: Soviets  and Allies) (3rd World: everyone else)  o Berlin: symbolically important for both sides; constant tipping point for the Cold  War  Crises  The Cold War didn’t end with the destruction of all life on the planet, but that wasn’t for  a lack of trying on the part of all parties involved  The Berlin Crises  Berlin became the flashpoint of the Cold War  o West Berlin was a NATO enclave deep inside the Warsaw Pact  o 1st Crisis (1948­1949): Soviets cut off NATO access to West Berlin   Berlin Airlift  o 2nd Crisis (1961): Soviets cut off NATO access to West Berlin   Kennedy runs the blockade   The construction of the Berlin Wall  o Critical moment: building relationships despite all the pain/suffering   Berlin Wall (symbol for oppression and everything the war represents)  The Cuban Missile Crisis  In 1961 the US placed Jupiter Missiles in Turkey  o IRBM capable of hitting Moscow   In 1961 the CIA invaded Cuba but FAILED to overthrow Castro   In response to the Soviet Union put IRBMs in Cuba   The US discovers the missiles while they are being constructed   For the next 13 days, the US and the Soviet Union face off­­this is the most dangerous  moment of the Cold War   Fundamentally critical moment for the U.S.; closest we ever came to full out nuclear war. Missiles were able to hit every major city except Seattle  o Alvin Stevenson(?) to the UN: remove all missiles (U.S. from Turkey** and  Soviet Union from Cuba) o **About 200 missiles currently being stored in Turkey  The solution: a quarantine of Cuba; not allowing any ships to go pass the line­­give time  to figure out a solution (finish this on Canvas) The Emergence of Detente  The realization that both military powers were actively subverting the diplomatic process. Detente allowed for a recommitment of diplomacy o The installation of the “red telephone system” to foster direct communication  between the leaders of the USSR and the US  o As a consequence, the leaders of the US and the USSR committed themselves to  detente­­a diplomatic approach to avoid war  o International security: assassination of Kennedy “red telephone system”; first time it was used for a major communication system The Proxy Wars   The Cold War got hot in a series of proxy wars  o The Korean War: the US and the USSR/the US and China (before Sino­Soviet  Split) o Vietnam: the US and China  o Afghanistan: the US and the USSR o Latin America: the US and Soviet backed forces   Proxy Wars were based on the idea that Soviet socialism had to expand or die (Kennan  and the X Telegram) o Doctrine of containment  o Justified intervention  Rapprochement   Detente brought an end to active hostilities and belligerence between the US and the  USSR  o In the late 1970s and throughout the very early 1980s we shifted toward  rapprochement­­active cooperation between the US and the USSR   Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties (SALT)  Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) o 80s saw a transformation of political policy; create and outrun the Soviets on an  arms race  The End of the War Two Schools of Thought  The US’s rhetoric and military spending drove the USSR into an economic death spiral  which fostered counter­revolutionary movements throughout the USSR and the 2nd  world   The USSR had been in a death spiral for decades­­the collapse was primarily caused by  Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost and perestroika   The Berlin Wall comes down


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