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The Mounting Tensions

  • Geoff Simons

Abstract

With the collapse of the East European communist states in the late 1980s, the West was quick to herald the emergence of a new international order. President George Bush, in his State of the Union address to Congress on 31 January 1990, announced the ‘new world of challenges and opportunities’ and the ‘need for leadership that only America can provide’. With the demise of the Soviet Union and Washington’s military success in the 1991 US-led war against Iraq, there was growing talk of a New World Order set to shape the post-Soviet global scene. Bush himself was uniquely associated with the concept of the New Order; having contrived the killing, wounding or traumatising of many more than one million Arabs, he declared on 1 March 1991: ‘There is a better climate now … we are going to try to lead.’1

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International Atomic Energy Agency Security Council Nuclear Weapon Central Intelligence Agency Clinton Administration 
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Notes

  1. 14.
    Martin Walker, ‘Pentagon aims to repair crumbling bridges in the Pacific’, The Guardian, London, 19 November 1991.Google Scholar
  2. 16.
    Matthew Campbell, ‘Russians storm jet to stop Korean bomb’, The Sunday Times, London, 20 December 1992.Google Scholar
  3. 48.
    Joseph S. Bermudez Jr, ‘North Korea’s nuclear programme’, Jane’s Intelligence Review, September 1991, pp. 404–11.Google Scholar
  4. 62.
    James Adams, ‘Clinton sends in fleet to put pressure on Korea’, The Sunday Times, London, 5 June 1994.Google Scholar
  5. 66.
    Leonard Doyle, ‘West finds riches in deadly mine trade’, The Independent, London, 6 June 1994.Google Scholar

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© Geoff Simons 1995

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