The 1988 Election: U.S. Foreign Policy at a Watershed

As we approach the 1988 election, we may be at the end of an era in American foreign policy. Since World War II the driving force behind our policy has been anticommunism, accompanied by containment of the Soviet Union with an ever more costly arms outlay. For more than four decades this policy has rested on the assumption of a bipolar world dominated by Washington and Moscow. New realities now demand fundamentally different policies if the United States is to remain an effective power. This is not to suggest that communism is more acceptable today than it was forty years ago. Indeed, …

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