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Reckoning with ReaganAmerica and Its President in the 1980s$
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Michael Schaller

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195090499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090499.001.0001

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The Iran-Contra Affair and the “End” of the Cold War

The Iran-Contra Affair and the “End” of the Cold War

(p.149) 6 The Iran-Contra Affair and the “End” of the Cold War
Reckoning with Reagan

Michael Schaller

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the revelation of the Iran-Contra Affair and the end of the Cold War during the second term of Ronald Reagan as U.S. president. It describes how Reagan initiated the Contra aid program and organized anti-Sandinista guerrillas among Nicaraguan exiles, and explains the role of Oliver North in the Iran-Contra affair. It also explains how Reagan reacted and strategized when the issue was revealed in November 1986.

Keywords:   guerillas, Contra aid program, Sandinistas, Nicaraguan exiles, Oliver North

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