Contemporary International Problems-Week 5 Assignment 1

Assignment 1: The Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy


Due Week 5 and worth 135 points


 Select a president from the table, “Presidents and Their ‘Doctrines,’” in Roskin, Chapter 4. Then write a 3-5 page paper on the doctrine that president used according to Roskin. Your research must include at least four (4) credible sources, apart from your textbook. Your paper must address the following:


  1. Summarize a situation that required U.S. diplomatic efforts during the president’s time in office.
  2. Explicate the diplomatic doctrine the president followed, with reference to specific actions or events that occurred.
  3. Describe the effects of these diplomatic efforts for the U.S. and other countries.
  4. Assess, in conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of the particular doctrine that was followed.
  5. Cite at least four (4) reputable sources in addition to the textbook, not including Wikipedia, encyclopedias, or dictionaries.
    • Truman 1645-1953 Contain the expansion of communism, presumably everywhere.

    • Eisenhower 1953-1961 Use Nukes and spooks to prevent Communist or other radical takeovers.             

    • Kennedy 1961-1963 Respond flexibility to communist expansion, especially to guerrilla warfare.

    • Johnson 1963-1969 Follow through on Kennedy Doctrine by committing U.S. troops in Vietnam.

    • Nixon 1969-1974 Supply weapons but not troops to countries fighting off communism.

    • Ford 1974-1977 Continue Nixon Doctrine

    • Carter 1977-1981 Make clear to Soviets that Persian Gulf is a vital U.S. interest.

    • Reagan 1981-1989 Sponsor anticommunist guerrillas who are trying overthrow pro-Soviet regimes.


Your assignment must:


  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.