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Comparing Nixon's Detente to
Cold War Strategies

The Cold War
The Cold War is the label given to the relationship that primarily developed between the US and the Soviet Union after World War II. The Cold War was a time of great battle for domination of international affairs and resulted in The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Hungarian Revolution the construction of the Berlin Wall, and significant growth in the creation and use of weapons of mass destruction.
What is Nixon's Detente?
In 1971, President Richard Nixon aimed a great deal of efforts toward the improvement of relationships between the US and communist countries in order to possibly mend the existing rivalry and forge an alliance that would do away with threats of invasion or war by either country. This initiative was coined, "Nixon's Detente" which in French, meant "release from tension."
Comparing Nixon's Detente to previous Cold War strategies, the detente was a more peaceful approach toward mending the US vs communism threats of war. Nixon envisioned an alliance in order to prevent threats against the US. In previous cold war strategies, the employing of containment and deterrence often led to an increase in war threats. Because other countries would fear domination from the US, there would always exist a threat from enemy forces against the US.

Nixon's Detente was an initiative created by President Richard Nixon to release the existing tension between the US and foreign countries. Compared to previous Cold War strategies of containment and deterrence, Detente was envisioned as a more peaceful approach toward the prevention of the spread of Communism.
Comparing Nixon's Detente to
Cold War Strategies
Megann Dopp
Raenate Santos
Shaun Needham
HIS 145
25 NOV 13
Cold War Strategies
The United States employed strategies during the Cold War in order to ensure the country's safety against communist forces. These strategies were containment and deterrence. Containment refers to the process in which the US sought to contain communism to their respective countries and opposed communist invasions. This is what led to America's assistance to South Vietnam against communist North Vietnam invasion. Deterrence was the method in which the US demonstrated superiority in warfare capability in order to deter communist forces from invading US soil.
Detente Strategies
Nixon employed strategies within his detente in order to gain peaceful alliance with communist countries. This led to an embrace between China and the US in athletic competition and trade. Soviet Russia feared the alliance between the US and China and thus employed efforts at conducting trade with the US in order to also have an existing alliance. Through Nixon;s detente, agreements were also made between the two countries preventing accidental military clashes, arms control, and cooperative research in space exploration.
History.com. (1991). Retrieved from http://www.history.com/topics/detente

U-S-History.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1946.html
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