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An engaging insider's account by a member of President Reagan's Central America policy team. Central America was the final place where U.S. and Soviet proxy forces faced off against one another in armed conflict. In The Cold War’s Last Battlefield, Edward A. Lynch blends his own first-hand experiences as a member of the Reagan Central America policy team with interviews of policy makers and exhaustive study of primary source materials, including once-secret government documents, in order to recount these largely forgotten events and how they fit within Reagan’s broader foreign policy goals. Lynch’s compelling narrative reveals a president who was willing to risk both influence and image to aggressively confront Soviet expansion in the region. He also demonstrates how the internal debates between competing sides of the Reagan administration were really an argument about the basic thrust of U.S. foreign policy, and that they anticipated, to a remarkable degree, policy discussions following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface: Why a Book on Central America?
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Prologue: Ronald Reagan Issues a Warning
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. 1. What Reagan Faced
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2. Infighting: Wars Over U.S. Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 25-45
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  1. 3. Opening Moves: The “Final Offensive,” 1981
  2. pp. 47-72
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  1. 4. Making Enemies in Nicaragua,1979–1982
  2. pp. 73-95
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  1. 5. The Wars Escalate, 1982–1983
  2. pp. 97-122
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  1. 6. The End of the Brezhnev Doctrine, 1983
  2. pp. 123-150
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  1. 7. Muddying (and Mining) the Waters,1984–1985
  2. pp. 151-179
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  1. 8. The War at Home,1981–1986
  2. pp. 181-209
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  1. 9. The Iran-Contra Scandal,1986–1987
  2. pp. 211-238
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  1. 10. Another Year, Another Peace Plan,1987
  2. pp. 239-262
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  1. 11. Endgame
  2. pp. 263-284
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  1. 12. Reagan’s Legacy
  2. pp. 285-303
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  1. Epilogue: Central America and the War on Terror
  2. pp. 305-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-329
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