By Col Connaughton
By means of contemplating the operational components all for all kinds of intervention, and by means of interpreting many of the historic precedents for those operations, Richard Connaughton presents a well timed interpretation of foreign affairs.
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It seems likely that during the course of this decade there will be a gradual change in that situation as some Third World states seek to gain a nuclear capability. Despite the existence of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) there has been a proliferation of missile development. 25 This assessment is confirmed by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 26 Such missiles could of course be aimed with either chemical or nuclear warheads. An examination of those nations leading the charge in this direction—the socalled threshold states and Iraq—cannot all justify these developments due simply to the absence of a collective security mechanism.
The Realists take a different view. They see international organizations as being founded upon great power management. A key mechanism within their international system was the sphere of influence where intervention occurred more or less to order, whether politically, economically or militarily. Stability was maintained through the balance of power providing equilibrium within the international organization. The recent changes in international relations, most notably the ending of the Cold War, have served to make it possible for these paradigms, thus far regarded as being quite separate, to merge.
Throughout the Middle East, Britain’s influence and authority were undermined, not least in Iraq, where the pro-British government was overthrown. The United States, in a providentially opportunist and systematic move, filled the vacuum created by the demise of Anglo-French fortunes in the Middle East. Concurrently, in Europe, the Soviet Union had the benefit of the diversion of the Suez affair when putting down the Hungarian uprising. Cuba In October 1962 US reconnaissance flights produced incontrovertible evidence that Soviet intermediate ballistic missiles were being installed on the island of Cuba.