Essay on The Regan Doctrine

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Running head: The Regan Doctrine

The Regan Doctrine
Lisa Stewart
POL 300 – International Problems
Dr. John R. Cronin
Strayer University
The Regan Doctrine

President Regan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. In a family of 3 boys he was the youngest. His father was a traveling shoe salesman. Reagan's mother taught Reagan how to read at an early age. Most of Reagan's childhood was spent in Dixon, Illinois. Reagan attended and graduated from Eureka College a small religious school around Peoria, Illinois. He majored in economics, was president of the student body, played on the football team and captain of the swimming team. He also looked toward acting, but when he graduated the only available thing
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This is where Reagan left his greatest legacy to the world, a role in helping to accelerate the end of the Cold War. The competition between the US and the Soviet Union consumed both nations for nearly 46 years and cost hundreds of billions of dollars.
Throughout his presidency, he remained centered on the threat to the safety and security of the United States from the Soviet Union and its Communist system. Reagan rejected how most leaders in Washington perceived the cold war and how it should be handled. Regan viewed communism as something that needed to vanish completely because of its inhumane treatment that border lined on insanity. The current plan was to try to coexist with the Soviet threat, but Reagan felt that the threat should be dominated. Reagan also believed the United States needed a great military power. Regan rejected the ideas of having weapons treaties with the Soviets because he felt that peace was only possible by making America stronger than its enemies. Reagan went against traditional thinking with the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which was a defense project that planned to use ground and space-based missile defense systems to protect the United States from attack. He knew that the only defense against a nuclear attack from the Soviets was to make that attack useless. Through all of this, one of the effects became the Reagan Doctrine.

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