Essay on The Lasting Effects Of The Cold War

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The Lasting Impacts of the Cold War

After WWII, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the two world superpowers. The two nations held great influence, “restructuring the international system into a bipolar world” (Kaufman, 2010, #77). The United States offered democracy and capitalism, while the Soviet Union represented the new economic system of communism. The two conflicting ideologies represented different international world orders. The United States and the Soviet Union’s strive to be the dominant, ideology led to the Cold War. In reaction to the great economic, political, and military strain the United States and the Soviet Union were forced to make great domestic changes which would have lasting consequences.
Drawing from lecture, Kaufman (2010), and the Council of Foreign Relations (2014), I argue that the Cold War greatly influenced the internal politics of both the United States and Soviet Union. Section I argues that the Cold War arose from the ideological rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union. Section II discusses how the presence of nuclear weapons prevented the Cold War from escalating. Section III explains the Soviet Union’s internal problems led to the end of the Cold War. Finally, Section IV elaborates how the National Security Council was established during the Cold War and how it continued to influence wars like in the case of Vietnam. The Cold War began as the ideological rivalry between the United States and the Soviet…

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