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Dismantling the Cold War

January 2011, Number 02.01

“In the second half of 1991, people across the world watched in amazement as the soviet union collapsed before their eyes. The world rejoiced as the cold War, which dominated world politics for the second half of the 20th century, was undoubtedly over. But as political, economic and military alliances repositioned around the globe, the dangers of uncertainty quickly became clear. The West’s archrival in the cold War had been dissolved but the soviet arsenal had not — and while Moscow tried to adjust quickly to new political and economic realities, a half century worth of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons were scattered across four soon-to-be independent nations, many lacking the proper infrastructure or manpower to secure them...”

Excerpt from Anne Marek, “Dismantling the Cold War,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 1, 2011: 20-23.

Anne Marek is a professional writer and media consultant specializing in strategic public relations, marketing and governmental affairs. She has authored national print and online publications focusing on topics related to defense, national security and the environment. She currently serves as senior editor of The Shield, the official magazine of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.