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Keep American Skies Open to Russia


If you’re a nuclear superpower and you’re trying to convince the only other nuclear superpower that you’re not about to attack them, what can you do to build that trust? This was one key problem of the early Cold War, when both the United States and the Soviet Union were in effect learning what nuclear deterrence, competition, and coexistence entailed. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower had an unconventional idea for how he might convince a paranoid and distrustful Nikita Khrushchev that Washington was not gearing up for a massive nuclear first strike or military misadventure: At a summit in Geneva …read more

Source:: The New Republic

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