Four Troublesome Hot Spots

Reagan's foreign policy faces tests from the U.S.S.R. to Africa

Though foreign policy was not the strong suit of President Reagan's first term, to put it gently, the Administration's performance improved a bit toward the close. Relations with NATO allies grew closer after a tendentious start; an agreement with the Soviet Union to resume arms-control talks took a * bit of the chill off relations between the superpowers. Nonetheless, the Administration closed its first four years with a decidedly mixed record, its modest successes balanced by such failures as the humiliating withdrawal from Lebanon and the inability to sell either Israelis or Arabs on Reagan's 1982 Middle East peace initiative. A...

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