Trying to Build a Foreign Policy

But the world won't hold still for Reagan's global strategy

The new Administration's foreign policy has so far been guided by a basic them-or-us strategy: trying to construct an allied consensus to counter Soviet expansionism. The Soviets are not the only ones who make that difficult. An unexpected election result in France, a rocketing confrontation in the Middle East that neither superpower wants, and contrary congressional committees are just a few of the roadblocks confronted by those who formulate policy in an uncertain world.

The election of Socialist François Mitterrand as President of France had...

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