US Foreign Relations
Links to sites providing overviews of US foreign policy and foreign relations. Links to sites exploring a particular aspect/event. Links to key documents/texts in US foreign relations.
This mini-site from the JFK library attempts to put you in the White House during the 13 key days of the crisis. For each day you can listen to tapes from the White House, see the declassified maps and read memos from those present. A great resource.
Text and video of John kennedy's address to the people of West Berlin in the aftermath of the erection of the Berlin Wall. How does Kennedy explain their position and that of the United States?
The text of the resolution Johnson sent to Congress on August 7th. Passed unopposed in the House and with only 2 Senators opposed, this was the famous 'blank check' which allowed Johnson to dramatically escalate US involvement in Vietnam.
The Nixon Library's site exploring Richard Nixon's most impressive foreign policy success - his visit to China. Contains oral histories, key documents and film footgae.
The text of the Joint resolution passed by both houses of Congress, over President Nixon's veto, in 1973. Though called a 'Resolution' the War Powers measure is also referred to as the War Powers Act. In what sense could this be seen as an attempt to rectify the abuses of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution?
Text & video. This speech was delivered at Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals. Do you think that explains Reagan's choice of words, or is this really the core beliefs of his approach to the Cold War?
The Iran-Contra Affairs of the 1980s stemmed from the Reagan Administration’s foreign policies toward two seemingly unrelated countries, Nicaragua and Iran. The Administration believed that changes to these countries that occurred in the 1970s threatened U.S. national interests. This site is packed with overviews, timelines, analysis of bith the secret diploamcy and the political crisis of 1986/7 that could have destroyed the president - a brilliant resource.
Text and video of Reagan's address in the aftermath of the damning revelations of the Administration's involvement in secret weapons deals with the Iranian government to free hostages, and the funding of right-wing guerillas in Nicaragua (using the funds from the deals with the Iranians.)
Text & video of a speech delivered at the Brandenberg Gate, next to the Berlin Wall in which Reagan delivered the famous lines, "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" What does the speech tell us about Reagan's approach to the Cold War?
As the title suggests, the CIA's own collection of source material offering an insight into the end of the Cold War.
PDF of the outline of National Security strategy from the Bush I White House. A valuable reflection of how the US saw its status in the world and defined major policy challenges at the end of the Cold War
This typed letter to his family gives an insight into President Bush's motivations on the eve of Operation Desert Storm. How did Bush conceive the crisis over Kuwait?