The Cold War Continues: From Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin

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"Nobody and nothing will stop Russia..."
-- Vladimir Putin

In March of 2014 Russia invaded Ukraine, unleashing a maddening flurry of concern across the world. Originally the concern was how to defend Crimea Ukraine from Putin’s forces, however, the concern has since changed. Seemingly overnight, Putin managed to worm his troops into Crimea, and dominate part of Ukraine. But where does this expansion of power end? Trying to delegate and monitor a power-hungry politician is now the focus of nearly every government in the Western world. In an article written by The Guardian’s Ian Traynor, it states that Putin has declared that if he wanted to, “Russian forces could conquer Ukrainian capital in two weeks.” This amount of confidence is
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As the USSR began attempting to reform countries such as Greece and Turkey, the United States feared the overwhelming spread of communism, so in 1947, the Marshall Plan was enacted. This plan was designed to help the rehabilitation of Europe, which ensured a strong stance against the USSR in Western Europe. This only led to more conflicts and tension between the USSR and the rest of the free world.

Caroline Kennedy-Pipe’s Stalin’s Cold War: Soviet strategies in Europe, 1943 to 1956, takes a Soviet point-of-view on the Cold War and argues that Stalin’s actions were more than a simple demonstration of brute force. His tactics were meticulously thought-out plans to “attempt to manipulate the Western bloc as a whole (Kennedy-Pipe, 3).” Kennedy-Pipe argues that the 1944 Percentages Agreement between Stalin and Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister, was an example of Stalin’s manipulative ways. While the agreement was intended to essentially divide Europe into area’s of influence, it is argued that Stalin only signed this agreement in order to find tactical advantages by seeking areas were Britain valued their own influence.
Kennedy-Pipe continues to reinforce her theory that while many of the Soviet Union’s actions appeared to be ill planned, they were in fact, part of a larger scheme. One example is the case

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