POL114H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Nato, Mutual Assured Destruction, Proxy War

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Ussr: d tente: both countries sought restraint and increased cooperation, best recent examples of a bipolar international system, rise of china, potential for new us-china bipolar system, new bipolar system might not be exactly like the old one. The post-world war ii world: estimated 60 million people died, massive destruction. Stalin was rational: early, flexible soviet foreign policy (1945-1947, mirror images of each other as expansionist, evil, do(cid:373)esti(cid:272) (cid:862)(cid:449)it(cid:272)h hu(cid:374)ts(cid:863) Geopolitical rivalry: geopolitics: emphasizes the link between geographic variables (such as location and resources) and political behaviour. Political action is seen as largely determined by geography. Nuclear trinity: bombers: airplane that carries nuclear bombs, submarine: nuclear weapons or bombs in water. Intercontinental ballistic missiles: go really high up and they make an arch. Proxy wars: uperpo(cid:449)er (cid:272)o(cid:373)petitio(cid:374) supporti(cid:374)g their (cid:272)lie(cid:374)t states i(cid:374) (cid:449)ars agai(cid:374)st oppo(cid:374)e(cid:374)t"s (cid:272)lie(cid:374)t states. These were known as proxy: also (though not quite true proxy wars, usually included) korea, vietnam and afghanistan.

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