New Weapons and Old Enmities
Since the late 1980s a remarkable and accelerating process of political and military change has dominated relations between East and West. Under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev, glasnost, perestroika, and Soviet new thinking have opened up the possibility of a fundamental transformation of the U.S. — Soviet relationship. Arms-control agreements are near completion that will begin a process of building down both sides’ nuclear-, conventional-, and chemical- weapons capabilities. With Soviet tolerance, if not encouragement. Communist political monopoly and social control were overthrown in Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Bulgaria, and Rumania. These political changes, symbolized by the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989, resulted in the first steps to overcome Europe’s four decades of political, economic, and social division. Politicians on both sides declared that the Cold War had ended.
KeywordsMiddle East Nuclear Weapon Chemical Weapon Ballistic Missile Regional Conflict
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