The Cold War was a state of geopolitical tension after the end of World War II. It pitted the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies) against the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies).
The Cold War split the temporary wartime alliance against Nazi Germany, reflected in the partition of Germany into West and East. The term "cold" is used as there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two sides, although there were "proxy wars" in other countries. Historians date the period between 1947, the year the Truman Doctrine (a U.S. foreign policy pledging to aid nations threatened by Soviet expansionism) and 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the "Cold War."
As Donald Trump leads the US's withdrawal from multilateralism, the Munich Security Conference is dominated by concerns the world is fragmenting. But, to some, insisting on this world order threatens Cold War conditions.
Why would Russia want to attack Sweden, a neutral country? That was the thinking back in 2010, when Sweden abolished conscription. Then Russia annexed Crimea. In 2017, parliament voted to bring back the draft, as part of urgent moves to rebuild the country's Cold War system of Total Defence. Richard Orange joined some of the first 19 and 20-year olds drafted on exercises in southern Sweden.
After the win over heavyweights Saudi Arabia, tiny Qatar look a real threat in the knockout stages of the Asian Cup. The success of the 2022 World Cup hosts comes despite a regional trade blockade and power struggle.