By John Dumbrell

This ebook examines the background people overseas coverage because the Vietnam conflict. It makes a speciality of 4 issues: the legacy of Vietnam; the finishing and aftermath of the chilly struggle; the controversy over American foreign decline; and the often undemocratic behavior people international coverage. The ebook considers substitute motives for the chilly War's finish. It evaluates the international coverage management of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton and assesses customers for US overseas coverage after the chilly conflict.

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31 Rather paradoxically, the new toughness emanated from the view of the Soviet Union propounded by political and academic figures associated with the Trilateral Commission: the designation of the USSR as a 'status quo' power. According to this view, the Soviet Union was no longer a Leninist power bent on world domination. It was a mature, conservative actor in the international arena, beset by economic weaknesses and progressively enmeshed in global interdependence networks. P The 'status quo' thesis also involved the assumption that the Soviets had deep anxieties about nuclear war, and were unlikely to risk all in a bid for world domination.

In return, the US delegation offered to drop future MX (missile experimental) construction. Moscow's almost inevitable rejection was followed by some limited agreements and commencement of a complex negotiating process . The 'deep cuts' proposal was a fiasco. According to Strobe Talbott, it: .. v' Carter in Crisis 43 'Deep cuts' had been enthusiastically advanced, for various reasons, by Carter, Harold Brown and Vice-President Walter Mondale. " For the next two years the superpowers struggled to produce an agreement which, when it came, was not all that different from the 1974 agreement.

The Administration was constantly frustrated by the complex situation in Iran. 15 Frustration certainly led to something in the manner of a 'deal' being offered to Tehran. It has also been alleged, though hotly denied by Brzezinski, that Iraq was encouraged by the Carter Administration to invade Iran in September 1980. " What is clear is that the entire conduct of policy in Iran was adversely affected, as Vance has acknowledged, by 'internal policy divisions"? - 36 American Foreign Policy especially between the Secretary of State and the National Security Adviser.

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