International Relations Dbq

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How foreign policy makers answer the above question will be crucial in how the future looks. In today’s uneasy and conflicted culture there are many issues that have been raised in the twenty first century. Some of these challenges includes the war on terror, security issues, and problems with international relations are three challenges that the United States face in this day and age. An organizing principle is beneficial to the world’s leaders and the people because it gives them a clear vision and will help keep the main goals on track. It also sends a powerful message to other countries and their leaders. In these uncertain times, it is best to adopt a doctrine that will help the growing world for the future. This big question is if the …show more content…
Starting with Cold War isolationism and containment, then to the present; from Truman to Obama. Obviously, in today’s world isolationism is not possible. As a result of globalization, our world is increasingly connected through global trade networks and diplomatic alliances. What worked in the Cold War and before World War I is not a good strategy today’s world. The best option for today would be a balance of power that would aid allied countries to work together, protect human rights and common good. This would be a blending of the Truman Doctrine of support of its allies and Reagan’s ideals of exercising U.S. power for the common good. The Truman Doctrine, as said by Kaufman, “It established the precedent of using foreign aid and economic assistance as instruments of foreign policy, something that continued through the duration of the Cold War and continues to the present” (Kaufman 93). It also made it clear the United States would not hesitate to use Military force within its own hemisphere much like the Monroe Doctrine, as well as when democratic ideals were threatened, like the Wilsonian perspective (Kaufman 93). This is an important to follow in the future because the U.S. shouldn’t rely on its own power, but should band together with its allies to support the common good. This has worked in the past in both WWI and WWII. Reagan’s Doctrine is similar to Truman’s in exercising power, but was also excellent in communications with other world leaders, like Gorbachev of the USSR. From the text, “No longer would U.S foreign policy be based on “soft’ ideas, but would once again be based on strength and power” (Kaufman 125). Reagan also instilled a sense of Nationalistic pride in the nation and focuses on domestic issues like cutting taxes and social programs to help build the economy. It is important for our Administration today and future ones, to instill American pride and

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