In 1968 the USA continued to recognise Eastern Europe as within the
sphere of in
fluence of the USSR. Dubcek, the new communist leader of
Czechoslovakia wanted increased political freedom and economic growth
while keeping communist control. This reform was called “Socialism
with a human face”. In 1968 Brezhnev, the Russian leader, ordered a
Warsaw Pact invasion to remove Dubcek and end his reforms. The USA
did nothing to help the Czechs as it did not want direct confrontation
with the USSR
• President Nixon was trying to promote Détente, a thaw in the Cold War.
Between 1968 and 1979 there was an improvement in superpower
relations. A number of issues were responsible for promoting Détente.
• President Nixon began to improve USA relations with China – Ping Pong
Diplomacy – in an attempt to…