The Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy
Select a president from the table, Presidents and Their Doctrines, in Roskin, Chapter 4. Then write a 3-5 page paper on the doctrine that president used according to Roskin. President from the Table President Years Doctrine Truman1945-1953Contain the expansion of communism, presumably everywhere. Eisenhower1953-1961Use nukes and spooks to prevent Communist or other radical takeovers. Kennedy1961-1963Respond flexibly to communist expansion, especially to guerrilla warfare. Johnson1963-1969Follow through on Kennedy doctrine by committing U.S. troops in Vietnam. Nixon1969-1974Supply weapons but not troops to countries fighting off communism. Ford1974-1977Continue Nixon Doctrine Carter1977-1981Make clear to Soviets that Persian Gulf is a vital U.S. interest. Reagan1981-1989Sponsor anticommunist guerrillas who are trying to overthrow pro-Soviet regimes.
1.Summarize a situation that required U.S. diplomatic efforts during the presidents time in office.
2.Explicate the diplomatic doctrine the president followed, with reference to specific actions or events that occurred.
3.Describe the effects of these diplomatic efforts for the U.S. and other countries.
4.Assess, in conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of the particular doctrine that was followed.