The Reagan Doctrine

The Reagan Doctrine : Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War's Last Chapter

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Doctrines have been a prevalent form of foreign policy in U.S. history. This study seeks to explain their origins by examining the Reagan Doctrine, pledging aid to anticommunist guerillas in the Third World. Based on original research and interviews with numerous individuals in the Reagan administration, the author applies two alternative explanations: realist theory, focusing on the international level of analysis, and elite beliefs theory, focusing on individual political leaders and their beliefs. What he finds is that while each perspective is necessary to explain the Reagan Doctrine, neither is sufficient by itself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 027594798X
  • 9780275947989
  • 2,148,047

About Mark P. Lagon

MARK P. LAGON is a Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and Adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown University.
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations Preface Explaining the Reagan Doctrines' Origins Power and Ideology in U.S. Foreign Policy Realist Imperatives and the Reagan Doctrine What Realism Does and Does Not Explain Elites and the Reagan Doctrine What Elite Beliefs Do and Do Not Explain Where American Doctrines Come From Arbiters of the National Interest Appendices Bibliography
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