Ronald Reagan — ‘America is Back’

  • Trevor B. McCrisken


When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the domestic challenges of inflation, unemployment, interest rates and energy shortages dominated the American political agenda. Despite the American hostages in Iran being released as he was inaugurated, Reagan was also confronted with problems on the international scene that had contributed to his predecessor’s failure to secure a second term. The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan continued and Soviet troops now seemed poised to cross the Polish border to curb the growing power of Solidarity. In the US, the Committee on the Present Danger, of which Reagan was a member, warned of an alleged window of vulnerability in US strategic strength and pressed for a more vigilant and aggressive focus on the perceived Soviet threat to American security interests. The Reagan administration was determined to meet these challenges and thereby restore American power and strength in world affairs, resolve the economic crisis at home, and renew the self-confidence of the American people. To achieve these ends Reagan would appeal, not unlike his predecessors, to the traditional belief in American exceptionalism to which he subscribed wholeheartedly.


Foreign Policy American People Reagan Administration Cruise Missile Soviet Policy 
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  • Trevor B. McCrisken
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  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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