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Running head: CURRENT EVENTS AND US DIPLOMACY 1 Assignment 2: Current Events and US Diplomacy Paul Pearson Professor Name Course Title December 7, 2014
CURRENT EVENTS AND US DIPLOMACY 2 The term “doctrine” means “A statement of official government policy, especially in foreign affairs and military strategy” (“Doctrine”, n.d.). The phrase Presidential doctrine denotes an ideological platform that a president uses to advance a policy towards a country or region in order to accomplish foreign policy goals for the United States. Presidents like James Monroe, Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon etc formulated their doctrines but among these presidential doctrines, the doctrine of President Reagan is noteworthy. The presidential doctrine of Reagan, better known as the Reagan Doctrine can be considered as a “strategy orchestrated and implemented by the United States under the Reagan Administration to oppose the global influence of the Soviet Union during the final years of the Cold War. While the doctrine lasted less than a decade, it was the centerpiece of United States foreign policy from the early 1980s until the end of the Cold War in 1991” (“Reagan Doctrine”, n.d.). And that is the reason why the Reagan Doctrine’s significance in the realm of U.S. politics and U.S. foreign policy is immense. It is noteworthy that there was a primary reason behind the formation of this doctrine and it is also to be noted that “The doctrine served as the foundation for the Reagan administration’s support of “freedom fighters” around the globe” (“Feb 6, 1985: The “Reagan Doctrine” is announced”, n.d.). By freedom fighters Reagan meant all those democratic nations who were willing to fight against the spread of Soviet instigated communism. In other words the primary reason behind the formulation of the Reagan Doctrine was to restrict the Soviet Union’s expansion of communism in different parts of the world (“Feb 6, 1985: The “Reagan Doctrine” is announced”, n.d.).

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