President Reagan's Doctrine

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Summary of a Situation that Required U.S. Diplomatic Efforts during the President Reagan’s Time in Office “Doctrines were, by journalist definition, U.S. presidents articulated policies. They help us remember who stood for what. These doctrines are variations of the first one, The Truman Doctrine, sometimes called the “containment” policy, which was based on stopping communism.” (Roskin, 1999, p. 58). I will be talking about President Reagan’s Doctrine and some of what happened during his administration. President Reagan was our 40th President (Jan.1981-Jan.1989). During his time in office, the United States used their diplomatic resources to stop Soviet expansionism in the developing world. President Reagan wanted to overthrow pro-Soviet regimes, so his administration focused on supporting proxy armies to stop the Soviet influence (Roskin, 1999, p. 58). One of President Reagan’s biggest achievements was the end of the Cold War. The United States and the Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. The Treaty agreed to eliminate all intermediate and short-range ground-based missiles and launchers from Europe. This Treaty came after a summit meeting that Pres. Reagan and Gorbachev had in the fall of 1986, in which each country was considering what type of missiles they would maintain in Europe. Once each of the countries involved was satisfied with what the agreement said, a meeting with NATO ministers was held and they then approved the plan. The Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. Congress ratified the Treaty just in time for President Reagan’s meeting with Gorbachev in 1988 at the summit meeting in Moscow. (U.S. Dept. of State). Explicate the diplomatic doctrine the president followed, with reference to specific actions or events that occurred. “President Reagan laid out his doctrine in his State of the Union Address of
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