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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Quick Note: "The View from Washington" v. "The View from Moscow"

As the United States and Russia continue down a path that towards The New Cold War aka Cold War II, I came across two maps worth considering, since they illuminate a rather stark point of forgotten clarity.

Courtesy of Dr. Marcus Faulkner from the Department of War Studies at King's College London, the following two maps of perspective and reach come from a book on the Cold War from Sir Lawrence Freedman:

"The View from Washington"

"The View from Moscow"

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Publishing Note: "Beyond Personalities: The Inevitability, Polarization, and Institutionalization of the Cold War"


My latest paper as a postgraduate student at King's College London is now out:  "Beyond Personalities: The Inevitability, Polarization, and Institutionalization of the Cold War."
As World War II ended in 1945 and the Cold War rose from its ashes, the United States and the Soviet Union stood opposed each other in nearly every way possible. Despite the prior cooperation of these two states during the largest war known to humanity -- under the guidance of American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Soviet General Secretary Josef Stalin -- the inevitability of the Cold War was set long before the end of World War II and it outlived both legendary leaders. Given the immense personification of the Cold War, particularly during its early years, the question remains why the conflict lasted decades beyond the death of the two leaders who guided their countries to superpower status, foresaw the arrival of the Cold War, and undertook preparations. The answer to such a question is threefold and can be found in the inevitability, polarization, and institutionalization of the Cold War.
You can find it through Academia.edu or as an open access PDF.

Go take a look!