Early Diplomatic Relations

And their contributions to prevalent and heightened tensions

GBR, You had ONE job...

In the triumvirate involving the US, USSR, and GBR, it was GBR who played the role of the mediator in order to stop conflict from occurring. But tensions kept rising between the two nations, so they clearly were doing something wrong.

US, you da real mvp

In a few early conflicts, it was always the United States that had to come in and pick up the slack in order to save GBR and go against the USSR diplomatically. This had the unofrtunate consequence of raising tensions between the two.

On the strait and narrow

Following WWII, Britain had some major rebuilding to do on the domestic front, causing economic strife. Despite having promised to protect Turkish sovereignty, they could not follow through because they just didn't have the resources.

The Soviet Union saw this as a golden opportunity and so asked Turkey for complete and free access to the Turkish Straits. Turkey did not want to do this because that would mean forfeiting soveriengty and they did not want to do that, but denying the Soviets could lead to the Red Army moving in. Turkey was stuck in a pickle and it was not delicious at all.

The British pressured the US to get involved, and so they decide to send a naval task force and state they're gonna back the Turkish government who then rejects the USSR proposal. Stalin immediately gave up the proposal cold Turkey because he was not willing to start WWIII over the straits.

This is one of the first examples of the US having to get into conflict with the USSR. Because the US is a world superpower, it had to get more involved in world affairs than it used to. Unfortunately, butting heads with the Soviet Union obviously would lead to heightened tensions.

oil vey

The USSR was not pulling their occupation troops out of Iran, and it seemed that a bilateral war between the British and the Soviets was on the cusp of occuring. The British did not want this under any circumstances, but they needed the Soviets to gtfo. The British had massive amounts of resources there, and they certainly did not want to see them blow up. The US called upon the UN to pressure the Soviets into pulling out, which they eventually did.

This is yet another example of this US resolving conflict directly. The US had to get involved again against the USSR. No doubt at this point things were becoming tense between the two nations.

it's all greek (civil war) to me

The British security forces supporting the constitutional monarchy leave one day, and immediately after, a civil war begins as the Greek Communist Party attempts to claim power. The comunist party looked like it was going to win, and Britiain once again called on the United States to help (we were the equivalent of a get out of jail card).

it's Tru man, we will fight communism

It is after the US agreed to help the Greeks fight the communist party that president Truman issued the Truman Doctrine. It basically stated that the US would contain communism in Europe and elsewhere and would support any nation that was threatened by communism or the Soviet Union with military and/or economic aid. It is at this point that the situation between the US and USSR goes from tense to a straight-up rivalry; the two superpowers now consider each other enemies. For a supposedly Cold War, US had no chill.

what does all this mean?

From the start GBR was supposed to be the mediator between the two superpowers, but because the had major rebuilding to do, they often had to ask the United States for help, forcing them to go head-to-head (diplomatically of course) with the Soviet Union. This of course caused tensions to rise between the two nations up to the point where the well-known idea of capitalism vs. communism arose from the Turman Doctrine.

The Cold War as we are familiar with arose from the early diplomatic tensions between the two superpowers: the USSR and the US (who was still adjusting to it's new superpower status).