Essay: Reagan II: A Foreign Policy Consensus?

The second Reagan Administration has a rare opportunity to reshape American foreign policy. President Reagan's overwhelming election victory has strengthened his already impressive capacity for political leadership, reinforcing his authority to deal with the factions of his own party, with the feuding wings of the bureaucracy and with foreign countries. The question is whether he will seize that authority and will know how to use it. Which Reagan, and which Reagan advisers, will dominate? The stubbornly hard-line or the flexible President, the "ideologues" or the "pragmatists" among his counselors? The labels are...

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