Reagan And The ‘Second Cold War’

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Reagan and the ‘Second Cold War’

Impact of the Afghanistan invasion on USA – Soviet relations Détente was already close to breaking, but Afghanistan totally broke it Some have argued that US over-reacted on purpose as an excuse to get out ofDétente In the 1980 US election, Republican candidate Ronald Reagan ridiculed Carter asweak and the time had come for the USA to reclaim its position on the world stageand stand up to communism. Reagan won a landslide victory USA was now much more aggressively prepared to fight against the “evil” ofcommunism and US – Soviet confrontation was now inevitable, again!

Ronald Reagan & the ‘Second Cold War’The ‘Second Cold War’ had really started under Carterbut was much more obvious under Reagan with his veryaggressive policies.In 1983, Reagan called Soviet Union an ‘evil’ empire and the USA were the forces of good

Reagan’s Policies 13% more was spend on the armed forces in 1982 8% more in 1983 and 1984 Trident submarines and Stealth Bombers were developedReagan Doctrine: USA would not only support anti-communist governments but also anti-communistgroups who attempt to overthrow communist governments (eg El Salvador, Nicaragua,Caribbean islands The USA would make this the first ‘rollback’ of communist influence since WW2

Reagan’s PoliciesSDI: Strategic Defence Initiative: Reagan knew the Soviet economy was struggling so he increased spending and supportfor anti communists, the Soviets would have to find large amounts of money to counterwhich was impossible!‘Star Wars’ would place a series of satellites in orbit. They would carry powerful lasers that couldshoot down Soviet missiles and prevent them from harming USA.This went against the terms of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.Reagan presented to the world that this was a reality when in fact this system of defence wasyears from being ready, it has been said this was the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union!Soviets were shocked and upset, they had spent a lot of money catching up to USA, theirweapons were now redundant and a new system was needed, but they had no money! Theywould need a ‘new way of thinking’ Reagan’s Speech 4hGLBA65tZg

Imagine you are writing a biography of President Reagan.Write the introduction page in the book summarising himand his policies, as well as the impact of them on theCold War world.

The ‘Second Cold War’ had really started under Carter but was much more obvious under Reagan with his very aggressive policies. In 1983, Reagan called Soviet Union an ‘evil’ empire and the USA were the forces of good. Reagan’s Policies 13% more was spend on the armed forces in 1982

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