Foreign Policy Ronald Reagan and

S. held canal back to Panama, and, importantly, the Iran hostage crisis that erupted during the later years of his presidency. The crisis highlighted Carters weaknesses as a negotiator and military leader as neither his diplomatic nor military attempts to release the hostages succeeded, and they were released a few moments after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president.

Despite being welcomed on such a positive foreign policy note, Reagan had a great deal of foreign policy failures as well. Although he succeeded in his goal of building up the United States military arsenal, in addition to fostering a better relationship with the U.S.S.R. And Mikhail Gorbechev throughout his later years as president, Reagans involvement in the Middle East and Latin America was characterized by failure.

In the Middle East, Reagans unfaltering support of Israel increased other nations hostility toward the West. Additionally, Reagans support of the Contras and the Iran-Contra affair, in which the U.S. accepted money from enemy Iran to support the violent Latin American rebellion, were major failures during Regans presidency. Finally, Reagan proved to be a poor negotiator as his Strategic Arms Reduction Talks resulted in a standstill because of thier demeaning terms for the U.S.S.R.

Thus, while Carter and Reagans foreign policy goals could not have been more different, both achieved success according to their goals in some areas while failing to enact responsible foreign policy in others..


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