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In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with author and Wilson Center Cold War Fellow Sam Wells on his latest book Fearing the Worst: How Korea Transformed the Cold War. After World War II, the escalating tensions of the Cold War shaped the international system. Wells's book explains how the Korean War fundamentally changed postwar competition between the United States and the Soviet Union into a militarized confrontation that would last decades.


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