By Alpo M. Rusi

This publication presents new and extraordinary interpretations in regard to the post-World warfare 2 background of the East-West clash and demands interdisciplinary methods in interpreting diplomacy. The systematic and political procedures are undoing the department of Europe and restoring an 'organically' interdependent continent. The occasions of 1989 in jap Europe are yet a harbinger of a brand new protection order in Europe and, for the 1st time because the Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 Europe attempts to appear past state-centered innovations of security.

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Consequently, the process of agreeing upon a Western position was to become more difficult. S. President Lyndon B. " The nuances of 36 The Status Quo Plus these basic concepts indicated that only the West Germans genuinely sought the dismantling of the division of Europe. Nevertheless, the Harmel Report constituted what was essentially a united Western response, though only in general terms, to the detente initiatives of the Warsaw Pact. The Harmel Report had tremendous implications for the future of both West-West and East-West interaction.

Any settlement of the German question was postponed at this juncture, however, because bot~ superpowers preferred to keep intact their established spheres of influence in Europe. 36 In forums of international diplomacy, such as the four-power Geneva summit in 1955, top priority was clearly given to military over political security. However, the much acclaimed "spirit of Geneva" also demonstrated that, despite the persistence of the fundamental conflict between East and West, there existed a partial identity of interests among the great powers and a desire on both sides for detente in international relations.

2 The Rise of Detente The Berlin and Cuban crises constituted a turning point in postwar European history. It soon became widely recognized, especially in the capitals of the two superpowers, that in the age of nuclear and missile technology, war could no longer be an acceptable means of managing relations among European states. Furthermore, it was understood that a relationship of "negative interdependence" between the East and West was a tragic fact of life in the nuclear age. One repercussion of this new knowledge was the more or less hidden acceptance of a new order of priorities in European politics: security superseded justice, at least in the immediate aftermath of the Cuban and Berlin crises.

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