U.s. Foreign Policy And Terror During The Cold War Essay

1184 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
In order to understand the “war on terror’ today, it’s important to understand the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and terror during the late Cold War. In Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, Mahmood Mamdani chronologically defines the late Cold War, “I define the late Cold War as lasting from the end of the American war in Vietnam to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, with the era of proxy war stretching to the recent war in Iraq” (pg.12). Later Mamdani goes on to say that, “The late Cold War was an ear of proxy wars marked by two developments. Both were distinctive initiatives of the Reagan administration’s foreign policy” (Pg.12). During the late Cold War major American policy shifts occurred, “The changes in foreign policy during the Reagan ear were responses to the revolutionary overthrow of pro-American dictatorships” (Pg.12). The Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua and the Islamist Revolution in Iran, which occurred in 1979, were revolutions that the Reagan administration saw as “setting a trend of reversals after Vietnam” (pg.12). The Regan administration saw militant nationalists as “Soviet proxies”, and decided, “the shift in focus made for a shift in strategy and a new name: low-intensity conflict” (Pg.12). The Cold War started to shift from Southern Africa to Central America and Central Asia, which lead to “Americans benign attitude toward political terror turned into a brazen embrace: both the contras in Nicaragua and later al-Qaeda in Afghanistan were American…

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