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Reagan Doctrine 1985

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The Reagan Doctrine of 1985 is a phrase used that describes former President Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy. The goal of this policy was to defeat Communism, and weaken the Soviet Union through a process known as “roll-back”. Under the Reagan Doctrine, the United States gave covert and overt aid to resistance movements and groups to roll-back Soviet-backed Communist movements and governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In addition to defeating the Soviet influence, the Reagan doctrine also aimed to strengthen the American people and reduce their reliance on the Government. The policies under this doctrine are what caused the global decrease of Soviet influence, improved relations with the Soviet Union, strengthened the American…show more content…
Many of these policies were all aimed at diplomacy, development, and the defense of the United States, but one of the more notable ones was from former President Ronald Reagan. His approach to foreign policy, later termed as the Reagan Doctrine by a columnist named Charles Krauthammer, came at a great time for the United States. Mr. Reagan’s goals were two-fold. First, prevent and disrupt the spread of Communism and defeat the Soviet Union. Second, strengthen the American people and lessen their dependence on the government. Mr. Reagan identified the problems that the American people were facing as well as the apparent dangers associated with the spread of Communism and pressured Soviet interests through a process known as “roll-back”. The Reagan Doctrine was successful because it decreased the spread of Soviet influence, improved relations with the Soviet Union, strengthened the American economy, and finally put an end to the Cold…show more content…
The first of these problems were the apparent dangers that the US was facing from the Soviet Union and their intent on the spread of Communism in the Third World, indicating that Moscow’s ambitions were more global than originally imagined (Doctrines, n.d., para. 3). Soviet intentions were quite clear because of their Communist influence in African, Asian, and Latin American countries. The Soviet forces had already occupied Afghanistan for over a year, Vietnamese troops were occupying Cambodia with Soviet help, and Cuban troops were in Angola with Soviet advisors. Second, is that tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were intensifying and relations were decreasing as both super powers sought to be dominant over the
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