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The Cold War and Presidential DoctrinesWritten Assignment: The Cold War and Presidential Doctrines Amrit PradhanDr John R. CroninPOL 300 – Contemporary International ProblemsStrayer UniversityAugust 16, 20181
The Cold War and Presidential DoctrinesThere are many milestones that have been set by the presidential doctrines in the historyof U.S. politics and its policy. Different U.S. Presidents throughout numerous periods of historyhave been able to set those milestones which were based in their interest of foreign affairs withthe U.S. The presidential doctrines were able to establish key goals and stances related with theforeign affairs of the U.S since presidential doctrine refers to a more consistently appliedideology in foreign policy. Most of the presidential doctrines have been related to the Cold War.Among the many such doctrines, the doctrine created by President Ronald Reagan is consideredto be a significant one in the history of U.S as it countered the increasing Soviet influence aroundthe world.The Reagan doctrine was in effect from the 1980’s until the fall of the Soviet Union in1991. Reagan’s contribution to the doctrine was to declare the U.S. would not only opposecommunist takeover in the Western Hemisphere, but would also actively support overthrowingthe communist regimes that were present in the West and other parts of the world. During thecold war era, Reagan’s doctrine contributed a lot in the process of weakening the Sovietsupported communist aggression by backing the anti-communist guerillas against thegovernments of Soviet backed states in parts of Latin America, Africa and Asia. Providingdifferent forms of overt and covert military and financial support to the guerilla forces was themain point of the Reagan doctrine. Even though the doctrine lasted less than a decade, it is stillconsidered as a significant chapter in the U.S. foreign policy that was instigated between theearly 1980’s and 1991. The importance of the Reagan doctrine lies in the fact that it not only contributed to theweakening of the Soviet Union, but also paved the way for some long drawn conflicts upsettingthe domain of U.S foreign policy since then. President Reagan wanted to control the power of the2
The Cold War and Presidential DoctrinesSoviets through the creation and passing of the doctrine and with its implementation, he decided