The Reagan Administration and Nicaragua: An Historical Legacy Breeds a New Foreign Policy
Nelund, Gary L.
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Central America has been of both strategic and economic importance to the United States almost since the creation of the Constitution. Nicaragua has been particularly important since it was considered to be an alternate route for an ocean-linking canal. Since the beginning of this century, the US has been heavily involved in Nicaraguan affairs. The US was involved in occupations, creation of the Somoza dynasty and, more recently) support of the Contra rebel army. All policy in the region has been based on the Monroe Doctrine or the Truman Doctrine or a combination of both. Even the Reagan Administration's policies have links to these doctrines. It is the content ion of this project that the Reagan Administration's policy in Nicaragua was not a radical departure from previous policies but that it was established by the actions of the numerous administrations that came before Ronald Reagan combined with some unique extenuating circumstances. To better understand this mode of thinking it is best to study the history of US policy in the region beg inning in the early part of this century, then to study the Carter Administration's policy in somewhat greater detail and then to investigate the Reagan Administration's policy.