The Effect of the Cold War on the World

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The question suggests that the rivalry between the superpowers were responsible for worsening and prolonging the regional conflicts. The Cold War was the elongated tension between the Soviet Union and the United States of America. It started in the mid 40's after WWII had left Europe in shambles and USSR and US in superpower positions. The Cold War was a clash of these superpowers in political, ideological, security, and economic values and ideas. It caused a bipolar system in the world where there were two dominant powers fighting to become the dominant power. US and USSR being on opposing sides in Europe by the 1950s have extended the conflicts to other parts of the world. By using other countries as platforms to host their competition …show more content…
This lead to US condemning its action and sending in secret agents to train the rebel forces to fight against the PDPA. US troops only went in after USSR and did no more than just trained the rebels but the damage was already done. Due to the actions of the USSR, the war stirred up religious, nationalist, and ethnic striving among the predominantly Islamic population of central Soviet republics near Afghanistan and leads to the uprising against Soviet domination and communist control. This lead to a rise in Islamic fundamentalism in the Central Asian republics. In this case, it was the USSR who aggravated the conflict and caused the effects to ripple onto the states surrounding it affecting the whole region.

On the other hand, regional conflicts also aggravated Cold War rivalry and increase the tension between the two warring parties. The regional conflicts had limited impact on Superpower Cold War rivalry because neither was drawn into them with the same degree of involvement. The conflicts did not started out as Cold War conflicts but rather as local conflicts. Therefore, the superpowers only involved themselves as and when they saw it was necessary for them to do so apart from just pure Cold War rivalry. USSR’s involvement was far more limited as compared the US on many occasions.

In the Korean War, USSR only sent in 120 advisors as opposed to 500 as compared to the US. Stalin was reluctant to get involved directly and only agreed to do so
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