Autumn 1962: The Great Divide

  • Gerald Segal

Abstract

If one were to single out a ‘watershed’ of the nuclear era, undoubtedly it would have to be the autumn of 1962. In the first place, there developed in the aftermath of the ‘eyeball to eyeball’ Caribbean confrontation, a significant period of détente in the US-USSR relationship. Secondly, there was the Sino-Indian war, a conflict that erupted almost precisely to the day of the Cuban missile crisis. These two events, coupled with long simmering Sino-Soviet differences on other issues, brought the Moscow-Peking split to an open rupture. The PRC stepped forward in opposition to the ‘great power chauvinism’ of Washington and Moscow and championed the cause of the non-aligned states. After the uneven and uncertain development of tripolarity in Laos, by comparison in this next period the birth of the great power triangle was visible to all. Some elements of the triadic interaction which only began to emerge in Laos, now developed more fully. For a study of the theory and process of tripolarity, this period was indeed a watershed.

Keywords

Europe Steam Turkey Triad Arena 

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© Gerald Segal 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Segal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

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