Pol300 - Cold War Essay

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Ronald Reagan - The Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy
IR: The New World of International Relations

October 24, 2011 Abstract
In this assignment, I will write a three to five page paper on President Ronald Reagan doctrine of The Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy during his presidency. In addition, this paper will address the following:
1. Summarize a situation that required U.S. diplomatic efforts during the president’s time in office.
2. Explicate the diplomatic doctrine the president followed, with reference to specific actions or events that occurred.
3. Describe the effects of these diplomatic efforts for the U.S. and other countries.
4. Assess, in conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of the
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Reagan left no doubt where he stood on the subject of the Soviet Union, referring to it as “the evil empire” (Gale, 2003, p. 36) in public, and promising massive new spending on defense to protect the United States from the threats of the Soviet Union nuclear arsenal.
However, when Ronald Reagan took office as President of the United States in 1981, he inherited an economy that some experts say, was the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In addition, he inherited a military that was still struggling to overcome the damage inflicted by the Vietnam War. In spite of these obstacles, Reagan had a vision for America. He said; “It was time for something different” (Gale, 2003, p. 46). He felt that previous administrations such as Nixon, Ford, and Carter had all done a poor job in growing the economy, and building a strong military defense, and he wanted to rectify the problem. He argued that fifty years of misguided policies had shattered the free market of much of its natural vitality by burdening it with too many government taxes, too much government spending, and too much government regulations. He promised to restore prosperity by getting the government off the backs of the American people, and strengthening our defense system. His faith in the

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