Helms School of Government
Government: Politics and Policy; Government: Pre-Law
Cold War, Presidential Foreign Policies, United States, Russia, China, Iran
American Politics | International Relations
Bowles, Benjamin, "A Fortuitous Hegemon: Cold War Presidential Foreign Policies" (2016). Senior Honors Theses. 637.
Following the Cold War, the United States attained the pinnacle of global influence; however, new threats and challenges have arisen that possess the potential to unseat America from its position of global dominance. While the United States’ global power has remained unchallenged since the end of the Cold War, threats have formed that take the form of both maverick upstart nations, such as Iran and China, as well as foreign powers that are clamoring to retain the status of their former glory, such as Russia. In plotting the course with which the United States should address these new threats, an examination of the lessons learned from presidents during the Cold War would provide invaluable lessons that might prove useful in addressing the contemporary threats America faces today.