HIS 2-11 - UN Impact

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UN’s Impact on the US 02/04/2008 08:28:00 Conservative Trend Began under Nixon, flourished under Regan 1969-1979 – American/Soviet Relations described by an improvement of  understanding “De Tante” Arms-control agreements, trade agreements, winding down of Cold War China sought better relations as well o US (Kissinger) agreed to comply as long as China and USSR agreed  to tone down anti-West uprisings in third-world countries Called “Linkage” Vietnam was to be the primary test Linkage worked with China, but not with USSR USSR wanted a strong, unified Vietnam to be an enemy to China, about  whom they were worried USSR ended up bankrolling North Vietnam Americans were pissed at USSR o 1963-1973 had been stable in American position in third-world Vietnam inspired many other revolutions Laos, Cambodia, Southern Africa, Latin America, Iran Promoted the idea that USSR had humiliated US, USSR  needed to be put in its place, and Linkage was a sham American self-doubt and insecurity  Magnified in late 1970s by Soviet success in closing gap between US and  Soviet nuclear weaponry o Late 1970s saw a growing demand from conservatives to gain  unrivaled nuclear superiority and refuse any future agreement that  would freeze parity with USSR International setbacks combined with deteriorating American economic  position really hurt American psyche o US had been dominant in the world economy o Gradual recovering of post-WW2 countries led to an erosion of 
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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