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  • I remember learning that the term was first used by the English writer George Orwell in an article published in 1945 to refer to what he predicted would be a nuclear stalemate between “two or three monstrous super-states, each possessed of a weapon by which millions of people can be wiped out in a few seconds.” 
  • The first modern arms race took place when France and Russia challenged the naval superiority of Britain in the late nineteenth century. Germany’s attempt to surpass Britain’s fleet spilled over into World War I
  • An arms race denotes a rapid, competitive increase in the quantity or quality of instruments of military or naval power by rival states in peacetime. What it connotes is a game with a logic of its own.
  • Yes that's right now lets talk about the Arms race.
  • Oh yeah! I understand now.
  • Now we need to discuss the United nations..
  • The United Nations (U.N.) is a global diplomatic and political organization dedicated solely to international peace and stability. The U.N. was officially established in 1945 following the horrific events of World War II, when international leaders proposed creating a new global organization to maintain peace and avoid the abuses of war.
  • Okay let's do it?
  • A little fun fact, the U.N. initially had just 51 member states; today, the organization, which is headquartered in New York City, has 193 members.
  • Yes that's right
  • George Kennan’s advice on containment formed the basis of the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan and the Domino Theory forming the basis of US policy during the early stages of the Cold War. There are many examples of events during the Cold War when the United States used the containment policy including the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cuban missile crisis. 
  • Next topics are containment and the Truman Doctrine because they are linked.
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