Political Issues Between The United States And The Soviet Union

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The political issues between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 20th century resulted in global complications. Each of the major powers were attempting to spread their respective ideologies to emerging countries all around the world. While there was never any physical fighting, during the Cold War period the US and the USSR were always on the threshold, ready to fight. Nasser, Egypt’s president, was an independent leader who sought to develop Egypt’s economy and country. In order to do this he did not desire the engagement of foreign powers, but these goals required money that he did not have. As a result, he was forced to ally with either the US or USSR. The sole purpose of this alliance would be he could receive more benefits…show more content…
One of Nasser’s many goals was to make Egypt into a leader of the Arab States and in order to this he understood that Egypt had to be chiefly independent (“Cold War Lesson #2”). Replacing Western leaders with Egyptian leaders would forestall security threats and ensure Egypt as the head of all the states (Metz). This was necessary because he needed to show the other Arab nations that they did not have to rely on the West. This would not be possible if he were also dependent on the West. In order to be a leader, the Arab nations would need to look to Egypt for clarity and help, instead of the United States. In order to deem Egypt successful, Nasser wished to end political subordination to western powers and imperialism, restore Egypt’s identity by creating their own culture that was no longer distorted by Westernization, and to create Egypt’s own, independent economy (Metz). These goals required much more than just support behind them, they required a significant amount of money. In order to get this money, Nasser decided to acquire a policy of nonalignment (“Cold War Lesson #2). This meant that he would not ally with the United States or the Soviet Union even though they both had many interests in Egypt. This policy aided Nasser in receiving as much as he could from both sides without having to commit to either. While this policy did work out for Nasser, he eventually
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