The Reagan Imprint: Ideas in American Foreign Policy from the Collapse of Communism to the War on Terror

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The Reagan Imprint: Ideas in American Foreign Policy from the Collapse of Communism to the War on Terror

The Reagan Imprint Ideas in American Foreign Policy from the Collapse of Communism to the War on Terror Contrary to widely held views of Ronald Reagan as a reflexive man of action John Arquilla s sharply revisionist study argues that he was drawn to and driven by ideas In Mr Arquilla s view Reagan dur

  • Title: The Reagan Imprint: Ideas in American Foreign Policy from the Collapse of Communism to the War on Terror
  • Author: John Arquilla
  • ISBN: 9781566637268
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contrary to widely held views of Ronald Reagan as a reflexive man of action, John Arquilla s sharply revisionist study argues that he was drawn to and driven by ideas In Mr Arquilla s view, Reagan during his presidency articulated important new concepts that fundamentally reshaped American foreign policy He saw the effort simply to contain Soviet expansion as too defensContrary to widely held views of Ronald Reagan as a reflexive man of action, John Arquilla s sharply revisionist study argues that he was drawn to and driven by ideas In Mr Arquilla s view, Reagan during his presidency articulated important new concepts that fundamentally reshaped American foreign policy He saw the effort simply to contain Soviet expansion as too defensive in nature, so he replaced it with a doctrine designed to help others free themselves from totalitarian rule He objected to the notion of mutual nuclear deterrence on practical and ethical grounds, a stand that led him to negotiate arms reductions as well as explore the possibility of missile defense On these issues, as Mr Arquilla shows, Reagan overturned a long standing consensus of public and expert opinion, helping achieve a favorable end to the cold war and the arms race that came with it Yet there were also areas in which Reagan s policies played out less successfully his inattention to the consequences of nuclear proliferation by smaller powers like Pakistan his indecision in launching a preventive war against terrorism in the mid 1980s with consequences that continue to haunt us today In an incisive and balanced critique, Mr Arquilla has set new standards of measurement for Reagan s foreign policy accomplishments and shortcomings The Reagan Imprint is likely to be a source of lively debate within the establishment and outside it for years to come With 15 explanatory graphs.

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