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Running Head: Current Events and U.S. Diplomacy 1Assignment 2: Current Events and U.S. DiplomacyBy: Annette GroomsProfessor POL 300 – International ProblemsJune 6, 2014
Current Events and U.S. Diplomacy The Reagan DoctrineThe term “doctrine” means “A statement of official government policy, especially inforeign affairs and military strategy” (“Doctrine”, n.d.). The phrase Presidential doctrine denotesan ideological platform that a president uses to advance a policy towards a country or region inorder 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 presidentialdoctrines, the doctrine of President Reagan is noteworthy. The presidential doctrine of Reagan, better known as the Reagan Doctrine can beconsidered as a “strategy orchestrated and implemented by the United States under the ReaganAdministration to oppose the global influence of the Soviet Union during the final years of theCold War. While the doctrine lasted less than a decade, it was the centerpiece of United Statesforeign 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. politicsand U.S. foreign policy is immense. It is noteworthy that there was a primary reason behind theformation of this doctrine and it is also to be noted that “The doctrine served as the foundationfor 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 thosedemocratic 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 restrictthe 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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