The Cold War and Us Diplomacy

1213 WordsNov 11, 20125 Pages
The Cold War and the United States Diplomacy Name: Institution: The Cold War and the United States Diplomacy The Cold War was the state of military and political tension between Western countries, especially the United States, its NATO allies, and the communist nations, particularly the Soviet Union and other satellite states. The war began after World War II had got to an end. The Cold War was named so since it did not feature any form of military action. The countries in this war possessed nuclear weapons and any form of war would have led to serious destructions on both divides. The relative calm between these countries was sometimes followed by high tensions, which would…show more content…
For example, the efforts of the United States led to the withdrawal of the Soviet Union troops from Afghanistan in 1988. In 1989, the diplomatic efforts lead to the Soviet Union ending its arms shipments to the Republic of Nicaragua (McCormick, 2010). The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Particular Doctrine That Was Followed There are several advantages and disadvantages that the doctrine has had on United States. Firstly, as stated above, the United States was able to regain its status as the world’s economic, military and political powerhouse. It acquired the power to dictate what other countries could or could not do. In addition, the U.S. managed to convince the Soviet Union to significantly reduce its nuclear power. This effectively meant that the Soviet Union could not attack the U.S. using nuclear weapons. However, there were also some disadvantages. The Reagan doctrine led to the United States increasing its federal spending so as to finance these activities. This led to an increase in government deficit, thus leading to increased borrowing. In addition, the opposition from some sections of the Reagan government caused many to consider him a villain rather than a hero (Surhone, Timpledon, & Marseken, 2010). References Gaddis, J. L. (2011). The Cold War. London: Penguin Books Limited. Gottfried, T., & Reim, M. (2003). The Cold War. Brookfield, Conn.:
Open Document