The New Cold War: Sleep-Walking into Great Power Conflict

  • Richard Javad Heydarian


The chapter discusses the emerging ‘New Cold War’ between the United States and China within a broader historical overview of bilateral relations over the past century. From the West’s “forgotten ally” during the Second World War, China became a major strategic adversary in the early Cold War period, especially during the Korea War. But the Nixon administration dramatically altered dyadic relations through a calibrated détente, which was designed to isolate and, eventually, defeat the Soviet Union. For the next four decades, Nixon’s successors largely embraced a policy of engagement towards China. The second decade of the twenty-first century, however, has seen a dramatic recasting in bilateral relations, which have taken an increasingly confrontational character, especially under presidents Xi and Trump.


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  • Richard Javad Heydarian
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  1. 1.Visiting Research FellowNational Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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