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  1. Introduction
  2. Its development over the years
  3. It economic policy
  4. Conclusion

'Peace impossible, war improbable'. This is the formula of Raymond Aron to describe the balance of terror, and the arms race which was characteristic of the Cold War. However, improbable does not mean inconceivable. The international changes that were committed in the middle of the 70s profoundly revised the foundations of a stable international system permitted by Relaxation, by introducing a long period of hesitation of bilateral continuity and rupture. First with the new relaxation process, initiated in July 1973 and ending in 1975, to the signing of the Helsinki agreements, provided both the Great powers bipolar dominance that was unchallenged and true. As the years preceding the two world wars, the year 1975 seemed to initiate a period of accelerated events and increasing tensions. How was the international system shaken by the geopolitical changes that surfaced, and how is it that these have been sufficient to create conditions for a Third World War?

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