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This paper takes an in-depth look at some of the negative ramifications of the end of the Cold War, looking beyond Europe to other regions of the globe. First, the paper points out the positive impact of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Next, it addresses some issues in Europe, particularly the massive layoffs of military personnel. Then, it considers some of the global instability which resulted from the fall of the Soviet bloc, such as in the Middle East. The paper concludes by stating that despite the wall being torn down and the Iron Curtain dismantled, there are still remnants of the war which continue to cause conflict and instability all over the world.
From the Paper:"The decline of the bipolar system, essentially the huge rivalry between East and West, led to the assurance of peace in Europe after almost a century of seemingly endless warfare and fighting. The Cold War had created great tension and the constant threat of war. However, with the end of the Cold War that constant threat vanished. There was a lesser need and fear of nuclear weapons and a general sense of peace in the region. As peace reigned, the need for European superpowers gradually fell into decline. This lead to a decline in the hyper-nationalism which has gotten Europe into trouble so many times before, "hyper-nationalism helped cause the two world wars, and the decline of nationalism in Europe since 1945 has contributed to the peacefulness of the postwar world," (Mearsheimer "Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War"1993:143). Also, even after the need was seemingly gone, the organization NATO continued on to focus its attention elsewhere in the globe. Without the threat of defending Europe, the organization has been active in policing and containing other conflicts around the globe, leading to Europe's declining power having some positive influence on the rest of the international community."
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