New World Order

American Superpower

North America 1994.1015

New World Order

America in World War II, the Cold War and today (15 October 1994)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait - the first major crisis of the post-Cold War world. Under US leadership, a global coalition which included members of the former Communist Bloc defeated the Iraqis, but the brief period of US-Soviet cooperation ended when the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving the United States as the world's sole remaining superpower.

Main Events

Contra War ends

The United States lifted its embargo against Nicaragua, ending any remaining support for Contras, following defeat of Sandinista National Liberation Front in free elections in February.

Operation Desert Storm

Coalition forces led by the United States of America conducted a five-week aerial and naval bombardment of both Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait. On 24 February, a ground assault was launched from Saudi Arabia. In a one hundred-hour land campaign, the coalition defeated the Iraqi military, liberated Kuwait, and occupied much of southern Iraq.

Dissolution of the Soviet Union

On the morning of 25 December 1991, in a nationally televised speech, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, declaring the office extinct and ceding all its powers to Russian president Boris Yeltsin. At 7:32 pm that night, the Soviet flag was lowered for the last time in Moscow and the Russian tricolor raised in its place, symbolically marking the end to the Soviet Union and the independence of the eleven remaining Soviet republics.

Chapultepec Peace Accords

In a United Nations-backed peace process, the Chapultepec Peace Accords were signed in Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City, between Salvadoran government, FMLN, and political parties, resulting in nine-month cease-fire in El Salvador and effective end of civil war.

Guatemalan Civil War ends

Under populist presidencies of Ramiro de Leon and Alvaro Arzu, the Guatemalan government cracked down on corruption and human rights abuses, concluding peace negotiations with URNG and ending Civil War.

NAFTA formed

The North American Free Trade Agreement came into force in Canada, Mexico, and United States

Zapatista uprising

Zapatista Army of National Liberation led an insurgency in Chiapas against the Mexican government, demanding rights in wake of NAFTA, but after 12 days a ceasefire was declared

US occupation of Haiti

In Operation Uphold Democracy, United Nations-backed United States forces persuaded the junta in Haiti to step down and accept US-led occupation of Haiti until democratic rule was restored

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