Ep: 29 Ronald Reagan's Presidency 1983 - 1984 Iwan Morgan
During Ronald Reagan's first term in office from 1983 to 1984, his presidency faced several defining moments and policy initiatives. One key event was the escalating Cold War with the Soviet Union. Reagan pursued a robust defence policy, increasing military spending with his Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) or "Star Wars" program, which aimed to develop missile defence systems.
In foreign affairs, Reagan faced challenges in Central America, where he supported anti-communist movements, including the Contras in Nicaragua. His administration also navigated through the Lebanese Civil War and the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
Reagan's leadership style was characterized by his ability to communicate strongly, most notably exemplified in his "Evil Empire" speech overall, the end of Reagan's first term was marked by continued Cold War tensions and rising economic prosperity, and an assertive foreign policy.
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