Foreign Policy Events of Cold War

ForeignPolicy Events of Cold War


ForeignPolicy Events of Cold War

Oneof the foreign policy of Cold War was the idea of capitalism versuscommunism. Americans were seen as the capitalist and were fought bycommunist nations (Amadae &amp Amadae, 2003). America saw the USSR’scontinuous expansion through Eastern Europe to be a threat to theirsafety and freedom. The ideologies, values, and comforts ofAmericans were so proud of were under attack by communist nations,with Russia at the helm. As the Cold War continued, Americans startedpreparing for the possibility of nuclear war from the communists. Toaddress the problem of communism, American came up with the policy ofcontainment (Amadae &amp Amadae, 2003). The containment policy wasto address a series of actions by the Soviet Union to enlarge itscommunist sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, China, Korea, andVietnam. The policy represented a neutral position between détenteand rollback.

Anotherpolicy within American that was as a result of the Cold War was theDomino Theory (Bormann, Cragan &amp Shields, 1996). The containmentnotion Cold War contributed to Domino Theory, which stated that onecountry would fall under the influence of communist control, theneighboring countries would follow. American policy toward the SovietUnion did not change immediately. In the theory, there wereagreements that made the principal mission that was the unificationof Germany. Germany was to be governed as a single economic unit bythe Control Council under the control of General Lucius D. Clay, butall kinds of access to East Germany were sealed by Stalin and becameisolated.

Onewould argue that effects of the Cold War on US culture were makingthem a lot more nervous (Gienow-Hecht, 2000). There were fears ofcommunist to take over and the fear nuclear war. At the beginning ofCold War, Americans were mobilized on how to protect themselves incase Americans would be attacked by the communists (Barnes &ampBowles, 2014). In addition, there were fallout shelters in cities,and some people had their shelters at home. Cold War caused the fearsafter there was a conflict between the Americans and the communists.


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