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Running head: THE COLD WAR AND U.S. DIPLOMACY1The Cold War and U.S. DiplomacyStrayer University – Pol 300 – Professor Nillab Pazhwak
THE COLD WAR AND U.S. DIPLOMACY2The Cold War and U.S. DiplomacyDuring the 1985 State of the Union address President Reagan began laying out the Reagan Doctrine and what it meant for the United States foreign policy. “Today, almost every aspect of American foreign policy and national security strategy bears his strong imprint”[Arq06]. The main goal of the Reagan Doctrine was to rid the world of communist governments. Like those in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The communist countries within these regions were backed by the Soviet Union. “The doctrine served as the foundation for the Reagan administration’s support of “freedom fighters” around the globe”[His09]. As with most political policies there were positives and negatives but as far as presidential doctrines go this one has far more positives than negatives. The Reagan Doctrine was established because of the Cold War and communisms growth. Previous Presidents, back to President Nixon, had dealt sanctions against communist states in an attempt to stop its growth. These policies did not stop the Soviet Union from attacking and invading Afghanistan in 1979, a huge show of external aggression. “The Soviet dictators were confident that the correlation of forces had changed irrevocably in their favor”[Kau11]. With the invasion of Afghanistan, it showed that restraint policies were not going to stop the spread of communism and the Soviet Union. “This is not the reckless--and toothless--call for reclaiming

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