Naval War College Review


The past 12 years begin to take on the aspect of an historical watershed separating the earlier structure of international relations which emerged in the aftermath of World War II from a new equilibrium which has not yet evolved but whose main outlines now seem dimly visible. The questions are; What were the primary catalytic factors forcing change in this period? How did the United States, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China react to the crises and opportunities each faced during these years? What impact will Mao's death have on the likely shape of the future equilibrium?