A: Today’s reading on Reagan’s foreign policy presents a challenge to the notion that Reagan “ended” or “won” the Cold War. As you’ve read, the fall of the Soviet Union resulted from internal changes and reforms, and not from the push of an external power. That said, we could argue that Reagan handled the decline of the Soviet Union surprisingly well given his previous Cold War rhetoric and policies. Given this more hands-off approach to the USSR, and reactions to Iran, Nicaragua and the distraction of Iran-Contra, how do you rate Reagan-era foreign policy? A success, or something else? only 2 paragraphs.
B: do you agree or disagree with the following statement. explain why in few sentences. “Reagan comes across as an expert in political theater. His tough talk with Russia seemed to be an effective phycological tactic to keep USSR from building momentum. In doing so, he caused them to make errors, like the downing of the Korean passenger jet in error, which contributed support deteriorating from other countries. Reagan foreign policy was effective but calling it a success depends on who you are asking. Behind Reagans big smile was a shrewd negotiator. By using central America as a punching bag, Reagan was able to show American strength and willingness to use force to the Russians without getting into a full confrontation. Reagan was smart enough to know that his big talk would have to be proven at some point, so he knew that he needs to get USSR to start negotiating. In the end, it was an effective policy against USSR. But it makes you think thank those decisions contributed to future problems with Iran, after arming them with missile parts and technology. Also, could the policy of the Reagan era be someway connected to the turmoil we see today in central American countries around Nicaragua, like Guatemala and El Salvador?“
C: do you agree or disagree with the following statement. explain why in few sentences. ” would rate Reagan-era’s foreign policy as somewhat successful. It was not the best but it definitely was not the worst. I give him a lot of credit for not wanting any direct confrontation with the Soviet Union because to me this says that he did not want to create any unnecessary problems with them. He remained firm with them and acted tough but still professional which I believe was very important in terms of negotiation with them. The overall goal of the Reagan administration and foreign policy at this time was to “portray itself as a promoter of democracy, but it simultaneously adopted the view that sometimes the road to democracy lay in supporting anticommunist dictatorships.” It was this that was able to improve the United States relationship with the Soviet Union. “Reagan’s openness to serious talks with the Soviet leaders and his inclination for bold gestures” contributed to this improved relationship. I feel as though he was mostly successful although there definitely could have been a few more improvements with other countries.”