Magazine December 17, 2020, Issue

Cold War II

Reservists of the Chinese army, April 28, 2007 (China Photos/Getty Images)
This time, it’s with China 

There was a first world war. Then there was a second. They were not identical. But they were sufficiently similar for no one to argue about the nomenclature. Similarly, there was Cold War I, which lasted from the late 1940s until the late 1980s. And now we are in Cold War II. This new Cold War is not the same as Cold War I. But it is sufficiently similar to deserve the name.

It was George Orwell who coined the phrase “Cold War,” in a column published in the (London) Tribune on October 19, 1945, with the title “You and the

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Niall Ferguson — Mr. Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the author of, among other books, Kissinger: 1923–1968: The Idealist. He is a Bloomberg opinion columnist.

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