The End of The Cold War Era

The Transformation of the Global Security Order
Dockrill, Sari Ruth
Date published: 
September 2005

Between 1989 and 1991 the world witnessed a number of dramatic and traumatic changes, most notably, the demise of communism in Europe, the end of the superpower rivalry and the break-up of the Soviet Union. The final stages of the Cold War were impossible to accurately predict, and many of the questions posed by those events remain unanswered today. This book investigates the end of the Cold War in three major areas: Europe, superpower relations, and the Third World. Extracting essential lessons from the recent past, Saki Dockrill provides the reader with a clearer understanding of today’s and tomorrow’s world.

Freed from the apocalyptic threat to civilization posed by the superpower arms race, the common hope was that a post-Cold War world would witness more peace and better government. The reasons why this new world has failed to materialize, particularly after 9/11, can be found in the highly-charged state of international relations both during the Cold War and at its conclusion.