Unformatted text preview: Also, within NATO, there was buckpassing on the part of the W European states – in this situation, states will stand by and let other states fight on their behalf. This was a strategy that Charles DeGaulle in France rejected – these strategies are risky, as it puts the state engaging in them in a weaker position – DeGaulle wanted a more independent Eur foreign policy and wanted W Eur to combine forces to insure its own defense. US-USSR relations during the Cold War defined by nuclear weapons. Both sides had them and both had to make a credible threat to use them. This led to a situation of deterrence. Several factors prevented outbreak of war: Mutual deterrence:the nuclear threat contributed to international stability and the prevention of superpower conflict. While both sides had to appear credible, neither side would really use them first. Conflict limited to proxy wars in the Third World and occasional crises....
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- Fall '11