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March 22nd

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Vasilis Dimitriadis

Pax Americana The New World Order - capitalism succeeded - everyone saw that capitalism as an alternative ideology came to an end. - third world conflicts and tensions came to an end - nationalist liberation movements came to an end - communism ideologySoviet UnionEastern EuropeanWarsaw Pact ended - meant a crucial development in international relations, an unprecedented problem - was a 45 year long conflict necessary? - could this new world order be established without going through the tension and conflict and risk of nuclear showdown? - West: looking at the economic assistance, given the economic powers and technological superiority and western type democracy and clearly, a much healthier society, the Cold War should have come to an end by the end of WWII. - comparing society of United States to Soviet, tremendous differences can be seen - technological and scientific breakthroughs postponed the end of the Cold War - Soviet Union progress - but it was a huge illusion - Communist society did not have the basis to do - but it did give another 3 decades to the Cold War - it wasnt the technological or military breakthrough of the Soviet Union but rather, regional nationalistic aspirations that gave Russians, and Moscow, an illusion that they may be able to undermine the United States and the West in general, under the regional conflicts - exaggerated fears in United States also contributed to the prolonged Cold War - historian: history came to an end - ideological conflicts came to an end - only capitalism remained, there would never be a similar situation in the world - as it turned out, he was somewhat off the mark - ideological conflicts still form part of international relations - Bush: The New World Order (Summer, 1990) - promoting to fight against Saddam Hussein - a new ideology based on capitalism given the fact that they just won Cold War - capitalism in economic terms, western democratic values in ideological terms and liberal perception of international problems - Liberal perception of international problems: offer freedom to expression, religion, trade and so on. In addition, value human rights and stands up for human rights.
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