By Arthur I. Cyr (auth.)
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The end of the Cold War also has terminated the role of the UN as an arena in which that Soviet–American contest was engaged. Nato also has been primarily a creature of the Cold War, al though here one of the great unfolding ironies is that Europeans seem increasingly to look to the military organization as a mechanism to keep the Americans involved across the Atlantic. The European Union has become frustrated with the potential role of peacemaker. This has taken place at a time when nationalist sentiments, a main incentive for creating the Community institutions in Western Europe in the ﬁrst place, have been given new life in Eastern Europe as a result of the end of the diplomatic as well as military bipolarity imposed by Moscow and Washington.
2 Ronald Reagan deserves to be remembered as the ﬁrst President since Eisenhower to complete two terms in ofﬁce, a major accomplishment, and like that predecessor he was exceptionally adept at public relations, evid enced by the capacity to accomplish relatively long tenure in the White House with strong public support intact. President Reagan’s completion of his terms with broad popularity provided a sense of continuity, and perhaps renewed legitimacy, after two decades of social and political in stability and turmoil.
Communism versus freedom, Soviet bloc military power versus Nato military power, even the relatively benign and uncontroversial goal of European economic integration, have all been challenged in a world which has not been turned completely upside down, but has been signiﬁcantly changed as a result of the end of the Cold War. Outside of the realms of the demagogue and the dictator, the world is a complex place to try to describe in terms which are both realistic and appealing to democratic electorates.