The Cold War System Theory: Demise of the USSR and Changes in the Balance of Power

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International relations have been one of the most interesting and at the same time controversial areas of study since the Cold War. The world silent conflagration determined a reconsideration of the way in which politics was conducted and the relations between states at the level of the balance of power and the importance of international actors. One of the most important aspects defined by the theory of international relations takes into account the fact that the balance of power represents a volatile reality that is always determined by the external factors that make up international politics. In this sense, the Cold War has been a significant historical experience that best defines the balance of power in the terms of the two political, military, and economic blocks, the US and the USSR and their silent yet obvious confrontations at this level. In order to better understand the volatility of the balance of power, it is important to consider the Cold War in its historical background, which can be stated to have dated since the end of the First World War. Hence, the present research considers the confrontations between the US and the USSR during the Cold War as a clear example of both the legacy of a historical background and the way in which relations change in time due to political events. However, the point of the research represents the post Cold War era and how the demise of the USSR affected the balance of power, as a further exemplification of the volatility of

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