Who won the Cold War, the USSR or the US?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is no way to deny that the United States won the Cold War.  The end of the Cold War did not create a perfect situation for the US, but the US certainly came out of the Cold War better than the Soviet Union did.

The Cold War was not a real war and so therefore it did not have official victors in the same way that WWII did.  However, the Cold War ended with the Soviet Union falling apart.  This makes it clear that the Soviet Union did not win the Cold War.  The Cold War was a contest between capitalism and democracy (represented by the US) and communism (represented by the USSR).  Today, the Soviet Union no longer exists.  Very few countries in the world are communist and those countries that are communist are not very powerful or wealthy.  Thus, it is clear that communism has been rejected by most countries of the world and it is clear that the Soviet Union’s system did not allow that country to be stable and long-lived.  This means that we can clearly say that the US won the Cold War.