Will The Cold War Fade Away?

Moscow's "new thinking" could radically alter the superpower rivalry, but . . .

Imagine, just as a mind game, a world without the cold war. What a strange and different place it would be! The bipolar world would grow other centers of power, ones based more on economic than on military might. Although the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. would no doubt remain competitors, their rivalry would begin to resemble the ones that have always existed between powerful nations rather than a Manichaean struggle between two profoundly incompatible views about individuals and society. This could ease the nuclear threat that has long defined the cold war. Instead, that threat could serve to define the common...

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