The End Of The Cold War Essay

1121 Words May 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
The beginning of the end of the Cold war stated in Jimmy Carter’s presidency, and finally ended in Bill Clinton’s presidency. Throughout the time period, each president had a different approach to ending the Cold War. In the end, it was the little contribution made by each of the presidents in this era that lead to the end of the Cold War. In 1977, Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States. This was a couple years after the U.S. finally ended its 12 year war with Vietnam. After Vietnam, Americans took on somewhat isolationist policy because American were reluctant to the U.S. involved in another foreign conflicts like the Vietnam war. This was called Post-Vietnam syndrome, and it was caused by the trauma Americans endure during the years of the Vietnam War. Countless American were hesitant to finally end the Cold War because they were afraid it would it would be a drawn out affair just like the Vietnam War. In Carter’s administration that were two contradictory goals and approaches to ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The first approach was by Cyrus Vance, who was the secretary of state in the Carter administration. He was a strong supporter of detente between the United States and the Soviet Union. Vance advised trying to open relations with the Soviet Union, with an emphasis on negotiation over conflict. There was Zbigniew Brzezinski whose approach was more hard-line confrontation with the Soviet. Brzezinski was President Carter 's national security…

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