Ronald Reagan Foreign Policy Essay

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Reagan’s Foreign Policy Perhaps one of the most well-known American presidents of the 20th century, Ronald Reagan is considered to be one of the most accomplished presidents of the era. His decisions regarding economic, domestic, and foreign policies had lasting impacts on not only the local scale but also on the international scale. He adhered closely to his values, which guided him to and through his presidency. His staunch code was particularly apparent in foreign policy, especially in his unwavering dedication to the eradication of Communism. The central focus of Reagan’s foreign policy was to combat, and ultimately dismantle, the bastion of Communism that was the Soviet Union (Cannon). He believed the détente policies of previous presidents,…show more content…
While he originally supported the growth and development of the United States nuclear arsenal, his views changed as he grew older (Cannon). Reagan feared the possibility of a nuclear exchange catalyzed by human error. He strongly believed that the use of nuclear weapons on an enemy’s civilian population was fundamentally immoral, even if it was a retaliatory strike (American Experience). When negotiating treaties regarding nuclear armament, Reagan refused to accept any that would allow newer, more deadly types of nuclear warheads (American Experience). Though he may have hated it, Reagan was still a realist, and as such understood that in the current state of affairs, nuclear deterrent was a necessary evil, so he agreed to deploy medium-range missiles to our allies in Europe…show more content…
Gorbachev at this point wanted to leave Afghanistan, as it had turned into a fruitless endeavor that was a burden on the Russian economy. Little was accomplished at this summit, as Reagan was not willing to abandon SDI. However; due to the free nature in which they talked, their personal stances on nuclear weapons came up. As it turned out, they were agreed in their beliefs towards nuclear weapons; they wished to do away with them (Cannon). Reagan had made it clear that he would not move in his stance on SDI, and as such, Gorbachev let it go, as he believed there to be more important things at hand. The success of the previous summits motivated the two sides in negotiating a treaty, and the INF treaty was signed in December of 1987, during Gorbachev’s visit to Washington (Cannon). This treaty was a massive breakthrough, as by removing medium range missiles from Europe, it was the first treaty to truly reduce the nuclear arsenal

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