Cold War II

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Cold War II (also called the New Cold War, Second Cold War and Cold War 2.0) refers to a renewed state of political and military tension between opposing geopolitical power-blocs, with one bloc typically reported as being led by Russia and/or China, and the other led by the United States, European Union and NATO. This is akin to the original Cold War that saw a global confrontation between the Western Bloc led by the United States and the Eastern Bloc led by the Soviet Union, Russia's predecessor state. American political scientist Robert Legvold posits that the "new Cold War began the moment we went over the cliff, and that happened with the Ukraine crisis." Others, such as Andrew C. Kuchins in 2016, believe that the term is "unsuited to the present conflict," though Kuchins argues it may be more dangerous. Philip N. Howard believes that the conflict is experienced through information warfare conducted primarily over and through broadcast media, social media, and information infrastructure.[1]

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  • If there is a Cold War II, what sort of actions could lead to an ending of Cold War II?
  • If there is a Cold War II, what benefits are provided to each side for the continuance of Cold War II?
  • If there is a Cold War II, what could a warming of relations in Cold War II look like?
  • If there is a Cold War II, which primary parties are involved?

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