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Running head: Assignment 2: CURRENT EVENTS AND U.S. DIPLOMACY 1 Assignment 2: Current Events and U.S. Diplomacy Tironda Hooper Professor: Dr. David Brand POL 300 June 02, 2018
Running head: Assignment 2: CURRENT EVENTS AND U.S. DIPLOMACY 2 A United States Presidential doctrine can be defined as the ambitions of the current President of the United States of America and his primary intentions that pertains to foreign affairs. The expression Presidential doctrine symbolizes an intellectual layout that a leader utilizes to move forward with policies that are approaching a country or region to successfully facilitate overseas guideline objectives for America. “Not only do doctrines shape policy by asserting intent, whether it be the intent of a senior official or of an institution, they can also act to constrain behavior, depending on how the intent is communicated and enforced.” (Michaels, 2011) A president would generally prefer to publicize a doctrine so that one may attain a policy relating to a country or region when pointing out the main goals for the U.S. Former President Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Theodore Roosevelt were all able to develop their specific presidential doctrines, however the 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan was able to prepare a presidential doctrine that was significant. Prior to President Ronald Reagan entering the presidential office the U.S.S.R was increasing geographically in size and in armed forces that assisted with the broadening of communism and its international reach. The United States and U.S.S.R had conflicts on several issues making the relationship between the two unhealthy. The Reagan Doctrine can be recognized 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.) The policy that was established strictly for the Soviet Union and orchestrated by the United States was an act to control the Soviet Union; however the Soviets were predominantly unhappy with this act. This is one of the reasons why the Ronald Reagan Doctrine’s importance in the
Running head: Assignment 2: CURRENT EVENTS AND U.S. DIPLOMACY 3 monarchy of the United States political affairs and foreign strategies are colossal.

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