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Lecture 10

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Lecture number:
10
Pages:
6
School:
University of Southern California
Course:
Ir 369 - Contemporary European International Relations

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Lecture 10 MAD mutual assured destruction Renewed tensions in 1983 In 1983 flight 007 strayed off course on routine commercial flight from NY to alaska to Seoul Korea o Flew over Soviet territory when it wasn t supposed to and was shot down o Conspiracy theories o Breakdown in relations between superpowers NATO operation Able Archer 83 and The Day After The soviets did the equivalent of what the US had done in the Cuban missile crisis They placed all of their forward bases on alert The Soviets apparently believed that a Western attack A KGB soviet secret please agent really working for the US a double agent Oleg Gordievsky passed on a message about the soviet anxiety to contacts of Reagan o Told them that the Soviets thought the US would attack first people in Moscow were just as afraid as the people in the US of an attack couldn t believe soviets thought the US was evil o Gordiesvskys report had a BIG affect on Reagan and future speeches Ivan and Ania speech about soviet relations the day after early 1980s o depicted what would have in Missouri if there was an attack o kids had to go to therapy in school after o Missouri is picked because ideas that there was a base there with nuclear weapons o Watched clip saw explosions actual test footage and after effects of radiation AH o Had huge impact on Ronald Reagan former actor who had seen an advanced screening o Time to change the way the US dealt with soviets Mikhail Gorbachev in his 50s was a baby by soviet standards and Reagan started to deal with Gorbachev who seemed to have good intentions risky Man of the Year in Time Magazine Born in 1931 and was inspired by the 60s Firm believer in communism didn t hope to turn soviets into democrat but he thought that he could find a positive form of communism Soviets were spending 30 40 of GDP on defense Gorachev realized rightly that this couldn t continue standard of living was that of a developing country even thought it was an economic super power Now 3 4 seems like a



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