If the leaders had sat down and talked about their plans and tried to reach an agreement, was there a possibility that the alliance between USA and USSR would not have broken down after World War...

If the leaders had sat down and talked about their plans and tried to reach an agreement, was there a possibility that the alliance between USA and USSR would not have broken down after World War II?

I know about why the alliance had broken down

1. Conflicting ideologies

2. Not an ally to begin with

But if tere was more I would also like to know about them. But the important question is, could it have been prevented? Eg. If the leaders had sat down and talk about their plans and tried to reach an agreement. Please help. Thank you. :)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Anything is possible when it comes to human affairs.  Perhaps different leaders could have come up with a different result.  However, there is no reason to believe that the issues could have been solved simply by having the leaders sit down and discuss things.  

The main evidence for this is the fact that the leaders did sit down and discuss things on a number of occasions.  Stalin and President Roosevelt sat down together and discussed things at conferences during WWII in such places as Cairo, Tehran, and Yalta.  Stalin met with President Truman at Potsdam.  These conferences gave the leaders ample time to come to an agreement.  But there was a lack of trust between them (partly because of the ideological differences you mention) and a perceived difference in their national interests.  Therefore, the evidence of history suggests that the split could not have been avoided simply by discussions between leaders.

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