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U.S. Conflicts & Wars Post-Cold War - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review a series of engaging history lessons about U.S. conflicts and wars that occurred after the Cold War. The chapter offers expert instruction on a variety of post-Cold War events and concepts, including Desert Storm, the Gulf War and U.S. foreign policy. Each lesson comes with a short quiz that's designed to reinforce your understanding of these concepts. You can revisit these resources as many times as needed, and our instructors are happy to answer any questions you may have. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Talk about the conclusion of Desert Storm and the Cold War
- Evaluate the foreign policies of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton
- Discuss the Gulf War's causes, events and political figures
- Explain how American society and politics were affected by Desert Storm
- Recognize the symptoms of Gulf War syndrome
- Tell how America's foreign policy changed following the Cold War
1. The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm
In this lesson, we will learn about the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War - also known as Desert Storm. We'll learn what led to these events and highlight the key themes associated with them.
2. President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy
President George H.W. Bush's foreign policy was a pragmatic blend of diplomacy and force. Learn more about Bush's international affairs during his tenure as President of the United States.
3. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War
The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.
4. Impact of Desert Storm on American Society & Politics
Operation Desert Storm is one of the most studied moments of the early 1990s, but what made it so important? In this lesson, we'll examine the impact of Desert Storm on the US and see how it influenced American opinions.
5. Gulf War Syndrome: Definition, Symptoms & Impact
The effects of war go beyond the combat itself. In this lesson, we're going to look at Gulf War Syndrome to see how it's impacted lives since the Gulf War ended, and examine potential causes for this mysterious condition.
6. Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland
During his two terms as president, Bill Clinton intended to focus on domestic policy over foreign policy. But between 1992 and 2000, the U.S. was involved in several international conflicts and diplomatic interventions, which will be covered in this lesson.
7. How American Foreign Policy Changed Post-Cold War
In this lesson, we explore the changing face of American foreign policy during the 1990s. We discuss how, with the Soviet Union gone, U.S. foreign policy shifted to a more collaborative role.
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Other chapters within the History 309: War & American Society course
- Introduction to War & American Society
- War & the American Colonies
- The American Revolutionary War
- America & the War of 1812
- American Conflicts & Wars Between 1820-1860
- The American Civil War Overview
- America & the Indian Wars
- America, War & Imperialism in the 1890s
- America in World War I
- America in World War II
- America & the Cold War
- American Conflicts & Wars in the 21st Century
- Required Assignments for History 309