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Reagan Administration and Beyond

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POLS 375
Jason Zorbas

Reagan Administration and Beyond March-07-13 11:31 AM Ronald Reagan - Would be less sharp during his second term. - Signs of Alzheimer's? - Would fall asleep. - Reagan's second term was increasingly acceptable of the Soviets. ○ Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, was willing to become more accommodating to the U.S. in order to save cash money.  He also proposed a withdrawal of nuclear weapons and Reagan agreed to the idea of both countries withdrawing their nuclear weapons.  Reagan's advisors jumped on him, and the United States reneged on the deal.  Both countries eventually agreed to reduce the amount of weapons they had George H. W. Bush - Was Reagan's vice president and won the Republican nomination. - Bush would become the president for one term before losing to Bill Clinton. - Had fought Reagan for Republican nomination, but lost… ○ Reagan picked him to be vice president. - Was not ideologue and had a lot of international experience: ○ U.S. ambassador to UN. Soviet Union and political, military and economic commitments all over the world. - To Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc. and most of the Eastern European states. - It was fighting in Afghanistan, and it was getting expensive (almost as much as Vietnam). - Gorbachev did a number of things that would eventually bring down the Soviet Union: ○ Soviet Union would renounce the Brezhnev Doctrine, which justified intervention in other countries, such as Afghanistan.  Following the renunciation, they "encouraged" other countries to find  Following the renunciation, they "encouraged" other countries to find their own paths to socialism, even if it would only include variants of Soviet-style socialism. - Over time, a series of pro-democracy movements would occur. In China, however, something very different would occur. While the Communist regimes were crumbling in 1989 because pro-democracy movements were rising, protesters in Tiananmen Square would be killed by the Chinese army. - We don't know how many people were killed. - Some would describe it as a "massacre." - Japan has made an attempt to collect statistics. - This started because some Chinese students at Beijing University because students from abroad that lived in the dorms weren't subject to the same curfew times as the Chinese students: they were allowed to stay out. ○ They started to protest against the administration of Beijing University and demanded more freedom. ○ Onc
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