The Collapse of Detente

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  • The Collapse of Detente
    • The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan - Christmas 1979
      • Marxist Government deposed in 1979
      • Brezhnev Doctrine - could protect socialism under threat
      • Situation more complex - did not anticipate Mujaheddin
    • Catalyst for Collapse of Detente in 1979
      • Cuban (Communist) forces sent to Angola
      • Revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua
      • Soviet Missiles sent to Eastern Europe and build up of troops
      • NATO responded with cruise missile deployment
      • Soviets invaded Afgahanistan
    • USA Reaction
      • Military intervention in Persia if necessary
      • Reagan elected - disliked USSR
      • Olympic Boycott 1980 and reciprocal boycott of LA games in 1984
    • Soviets failed in Afghanistan
      • Heavy armour against guerillas
      • Mounting death toll and cost
      • Motives - Afghans religious - soviets political
      • Increasing internal question as to why there
    • Reagan Elected in 1981
      • "Not scared" of soviets - no compromise
      • Arms limitation talks - zero tolerance
      • Strategic Defence Intiative - Star Wars 1983

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