By Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
This choice of essays is derived from a convention convened at Princeton college marking the ten-year anniversary of the cave in of the Soviet Union. the very best minds in post-Soviet reviews interested by the duty of opting for how the post-communist event with transition has proven or confounded traditional theories of political and monetary improvement. the result's a wealthy array of writings studying important facets of the transitional decade following the Soviet cave in and the comparative classes realized.
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53 In 1948, at the height of the civil war, Kennan strongly opposed sending combat troops to Greece as others in the department had advocated. 54 As originally conceived, containment was intended to block Soviet encroachment on Western Europe and the Middle East. Yet for Acheson and his advisers, in the aftermath of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe GREECE AND THE BIRTH OF CONTAINMENT: AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE 13 and pressures on Iran and Turkey, the Greek civil war appeared to fit well with what Kennan had called the ‘nooks and crannies’ of power that Moscow would try to fill.
Molotov, received a tongue-lashing from Truman who demanded that the Soviets honor the Yalta accords on Poland. 41 When the Soviet Union refused to end its wartime occupation of northern Iran, strong Anglo-American protests and a major diplomatic crisis in the United Nations compelled Moscow to withdrew its troops. Five months later, in August 1946, Soviet attempts to impose on Turkey a new regime for the Straits raised fears in London and Washington that Moscow was intent on gaining direct access to, and possibly a permanent presence in, the Eastern Mediterranean.
Massive American aid of every kind, delivered under the watchful eyes of hundreds of civilian and military advisers, ensured the defeat of the communist insurgency in Greece and placed the country on the road to recovery. American interventionist pressure compelled Tsaldaris’ right-wing People’s Party to share power with the centrist Liberals whose head, Themistocles Sofoulis, assumed the premiership. Assistance to Turkey improved its military capabilities, strengthened its resolve to resist Moscow’s expansionist pressures and made it Washington’s favorite ally in the area.