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From Berlin to BaghdadAmerica's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World$
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Hal Brands

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124629

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124629.001.0001

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Beyond the Cold War?

Beyond the Cold War?

(p.8) 1 Beyond the Cold War?
From Berlin to Baghdad

Hal Brands

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the end of the Cold War. The Americans were often noted to be very familiar with the Cold War and thus, some observers were ambivalent about its seemingly imminent demise in the 1980s. The discussion looks at George W. Bush's start as the President of the United States, where he inherited a rather unique situation that involved the possibility that the Cold War might soon be over. During his first few weeks, Bush and his advisers debated what certain developments might mean for the future of the Cold War and attempted to improve relations with China. It also examines the slow end of the Cold War, and the two themes that dominated the U.S. perceptions of world politics.

Keywords:   Cold War, demise, George W. Bush, China, U.S. perceptions, world politics

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