Week 9 - Assignment 2 - Current Events and US Diplomacy - Copy

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Running head: CURRENT EVENTS AND U.S. DIPLOMACY 1 Current Events and U.S. Diplomacy Strayer University – Pol 300 – Professor Nillab Pazhwak
CURRENT EVENTS AND U.S. DIPLOMACY 2 Current Events and U.S. Diplomacy A doctrine is “a statement of official government policy, especially in foreign affairs and military strategy”[Doc11]. A Presidential Doctrine states the philosophical stance that the president will use to move forward with their policy initiatives in regards to a particular region or country, these policies will put in place to help achieve the foreign policy initiatives for the United States. Presidents such as James Monroe, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have all made Presidential Doctrines. President Ronald Reagan’s doctrine is an important one as “almost every aspect of American foreign policy and national security strategy bears his strong imprint”[Arq06]. Before President Reagan came into office the Soviet Union was growing in geography and military size to help spread communism and its global reach. The relations between the United States and Soviet Union were not good as they battled on many issues. The policies put in place against the Soviet Union by the US were to try and contain the Soviet Union, with these policies the Soviet Union’s view of the US was not particularly pleasant. “Soviet expansionism surged, culminating in the Red Army’s invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979”[Kau11]. This invasion of Afghanistan and Soviet Union’s presence in Nicaragua required President Reagan to implement his doctrine, which focused on efforts to thwart the Soviet Union’s expansion and global influence.

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