Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

President Reagan came to office with a bold commitment to roll back Soviet gains in the Third World without risking the trauma or cost of another Vietnam-style intervention. The “Reagan Doctrine,” as his policy came to be known, ironically took its cue from Soviet support in the 1970s for leftist insurgencies in Africa and Central America. But the beneficiaries of the Reagan Doctrine were anti-communist resistance and counterrevolutionary insurgencies in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia and Nicaragua.

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How to cite this article:

Jonathan Marshall "Saudi Arabia and the Reagan Doctrine," Middle East Report 155 (November/December 1988).