Legacy of the cold war

Some materials can be converted to non-military uses. DOE reports September that "some contamination from the wastes is moving through the soil toward the groundwater leading to the Columbia River.

The successor states also found themselves with contemporary national-security burdens and substantial environmental contamination legacies, all to be financed while new or revised civilian economies had to be instituted.

Some are being recycled, dismantled, or recovered as valuable substances. Underhanded practices in the name of national security are no longer countenanced. During the Cold War, the two superpowers engaged in an arms race, each trying to have enough nuclear weapons to destroy the other.

In the meantime, sensitive materials have to be safely and securely stored, pending their conversion to non-military use. Military legacies[ edit ] Internal national-security military postures still dominate behavior among sovereign nations.

Ina radioactive storage tank exploded at Kyshtym on the largest Soviet military production site, Mayak, near Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains. Military policies and strategies are slowly being modified to reflect the increasing interval without major confrontation.

In the dry summer ofwinds blew radioactive dust from the lake shore over 27, square kilometers. Some was even piped directly to the groundwater feet below. Heightened fear of nuclear risk can result in resistance to military draw down.

What at one time was fastidious attention regarding nuclear security, secrecy, and safety could deteriorate to lax attitudes. The communist countries tried hard to keep up with the West in military terms but were not strong enough economically to do that and to still produce large quantities of high-quality consumer goods.

Yet more radioactivity has contaminated the soil and water around the site in Russia as a result of careless dumping.

Financial obligations included those necessary to avoid further dislocations while the change took place from a wartime footing to a peacetime environment. Comparatively large and involuntary doses and effects from radiation, chemicaland biological agents have been documented.

Public impressions and insecurities gained during the Cold War could carry over to the peacetime environment. However, as time went by the pressures of the Cold War destroyed communism in most places. In the wake of the Cold War, freed or newly founded nations inherited expenses, commitments, and resources for which they were not prepared.

Ten thousand local residents were evacuated, but many more, an estimatedtowere exposed to dangerous levels of radioactivity.

Since the superpowers carried much of the confrontational burden, both Russia and the United States ended up with substantial economic liabilities. Because numerous diagnostic and epidemiological studies have since been conducted, the medical effects of radiation exposure are now better understood than they were during the Cold War.

Early in the Cold War, there were many communist countries in the world. This has meant that the US expects to have influence all around the world and people all around the world expect the US to help solve their problems.

As well, some chemical and biological weapons that were developed during the Cold War are still in existence, although many are being demilitarized. How could we transport them safely?

What is the legacy of the Cold War today?

In the United States, the Cold War helped to cause discord between liberals and conservatives. An appropriate continuing level of security is necessary through all life-cycle phases, from production to decommissioning. Moreover, the nuclear-weapon states remain in various reduced but palpable conditions of defensive alert.

Effects of the Cold War

Localized conflicts and tensions have replaced the former bilateral nuclear confrontation. Strong impressions were made and continue to affect national psyche as a result of close brushes with all-out nuclear warfare. The tank contents are generating hydrogen and great heat--an explosive mixture.

Those arsenals still exist today, costing us money and causing us to worry that some of the nuclear material might fall into the hands of terrorists.

These institutional structures and perceptions have had their own challenges and adjustments after the Cold War. Twenty million curies of radioactivity were thrown into the sky. The existence of many third-world insurgencies and interventions is now being uncovered as the former cloak of secrecy unveils or their perpetrators confess.

All of Eastern Europe was communist. In addition, the entire military nuclear infrastructure requires protection, and that requires a commensurate allocation of funding.The Cold War has left a legacy in the United States and in the former Soviet Union of uranium mining sites, nuclear weapons production sites and weapons testing sites that are the most dangerously toxic territories on the surface of the Earth.

The Legacy of the Cold War: Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict (The Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series) [Vojtech Mastny, Zhu Liqun, Mark Kramer, Malcolm Byrne, Huang Yuxing, Lawrence S. Kaplan, Vincent Keating, William R. Keylor, Lorenz Lüthi, Robert J.

McMahon, Daniel Möckli, Willlem van Eekelen, Andreas. In part because of the Cold War, the US became the world’s only real superpower. The US was the unquestioned leader of the West during the Cold War. After it “defeated” the Soviet Union in the Cold War, it was left as the preeminent power in the world.

The cold war left the world militarized, thousands of people lost their lives, many countries financial and economic states were influenced, and the last but not the least, it left a legacy of Nuclear Weapon on the world.

May 19,  · This month, Russia and America are putting the finishing touches on an agreement to make deep cuts in their nuclear stockpiles and thus bury one legacy of the cold war.

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