Unformatted text preview: developing world, particularly the Vietnam War placed great stress on the US-European alliance. Some realists, like George Kennan, argued for strongpoint deterrence – the main focus of deterrence efforts should be Europe. Others argued for perimeter deterrence – in order to maintain credibility, the US had to confront the Soviets in the decolonizing developing world – this would prevent these threats from escalating into Europe. As a result, the US and Soviets engaged in proxy wars – no direct confrontation between the two superpowers, but one side supported by the superpower – best examples are Vietnam (where the North Vietnamese were supported by the Soviets) and Afghanistan (where the US supported the mujahideen against the Soviets)....
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- Fall '11
- Cold War, soviets, communist movements