As said on the "Exploring WW II und Cold War History" thread, the recent visit of two museum on the former Inner-German Border close to home made me think about the conditions for and results of a Cold War that didn't end in 1989 but continued to this day. It is probably not an entirely original topic, but consider the following qustions.   Let us, first, determine what would have been necessary to prevent the breakdown of the Warsaw Pact (other than of course a successful war against the West).