ABSTRACT

Reagan’s vision of U.S. foreign policy consisted of a complex mixture of ideas that was not without paradoxes and internal tensions. In some of his presidential speeches, he invoked important U.S. strategic, economic, and national security concerns in support of specific goals in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and elsewhere. Despite the existence of serious disagreements with other nations, he sometimes stressed that a successful U.S. policy would need to include restraint, flexibility, realism, and openness to dialogue-especially with the Soviet Union. Thoughts like these suggested that he viewed politics and foreign policy as the art of the possible, not as an attempt to realize some great ideal.