Ideas, Discourse, Power, and the End of the Cold War: 20 Years on

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Thomas Risse – 2011

Reagan's rhetoric and actions in the arms race triggered considerable opposition, which was necessary to establish a counter-discourse in particular through the peace movements in the West, which then impacted upon the discussions in Moscow. It enabled Gorbachev to overcome his considerable domestic opposition and to make the necessary concessions, which started to bring the cold war to an end. In this sense, the peace movements won the cold war, too. The end of the cold war was as much a discursive struggle over ideas about international order and the right mix of deterrence and détente as the East–West conflict itself. It is a matter of good fortune that the cold war had a relatively happy ending and that Europe was reunited. Claiming victory for one side or the other seems to be beside the point, even 20 years later.

Titel
Ideas, Discourse, Power, and the End of the Cold War: 20 Years on
Verfasser
Verlag
Palgrave Macmillan
Ort
Basingstoke
Schlagwörter
Meta-Governance,Teilprojekt A1
Datum
2011
Kennung
ISSN 1384-5748 (Print) ISSN 1740-3898 (Online)
Erschienen in
International Politics, Vol. 48, 591-606.
Sprache
eng
Art
Text