Faculty Seminar Advisor

John L. Rector

Department

History

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

On Friday October 16, 1981, President Ronald Reagan wrote in his personal diary, “Central America is really the world’s next hotspot. Nicaragua is an armed camp supplied by Cuba and threatening a communist takeover of all of Central America.” For the next eight years as Commander-in-Chief, this mindset would shape his perspective on the small Third World country about the size of North Carolina. The Administration’s policies, actions, and attitudes toward Nicaragua and other perceived hostile nations became known as “Reagan Doctrine.” The defeat of the Nicaraguan Revolution became the “cornerstone of the Reagan Central American policy and the test case of Reagan Doctrine.” This paper offers an analysis and critique of the effectiveness of Reagan Doctrine in Nicaragua.

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