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  • First Principles Series Report posted November 1, 2011 by Robert G. Kaufman The First Principles of Ronald Reagan’s Foreign Policy

    Abstract: A neo-Reaganite grand strategy offers the surest guide for restoring and sustaining American greatness in the 21st century. It incorporates the principles of the Founding without slighting the perennial imperatives of power and geopolitics. It inoculates us from the pessimism of unrealistic realists, who underestimate the possibility of provisional…

  • Lecture posted January 27, 2010 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    Abstract: "The fall of the [Soviet] empire," former Czech president Vaclav Havel wrote, "is an event on the same scale of historical importance as the fall of the Roman Empire." It is true that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev repudiated the Brezhnev Doctrine--that the Soviet Union will use force if necessary to ensure that a socialist state remains socialist--and in so…

  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted June 4, 2013 by Steven Hayward Ronald Reagan: Conservative Statesman

    Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, is perhaps the second most popular and consequential Republican President after Abraham Lincoln. Like Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, Reagan’s careful rhetorical style proved deeply persuasive to the American people and earned him the name of “Great Communicator.” Elected during a moment of national self-doubt and…

  • Lecture posted April 30, 2004 by Paul Kengor, Ph.D. The Intellectual Origins of Ronald Reagan's Faith

    A number of people believed in this book from the very beginning.1 Many in this room fall into that category, but two aren't here. One, who was absolutely crucial, is an editor in New York named Cal Morgan. The biggest problem I had with this book was trying to find a publisher. Cal Morgan saw the book and realized its potential right away. Another person who…

  • Lecture posted July 20, 2006 by Paul Lettow President Reagan's Legacy and U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

    (Delivered February 6, 2006) I have been asked to speak about President Ronald Reagan's efforts to eliminate the possibility of nuclear war. That topic is long overdue for serious study. A substantial amount of primary material is now available to those who wish to study the Reagan pres­idency. National Security Directives, memos between Reagan and his national security…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Defining the Obama Doctrine, Its Pitfalls, and How to Avoid Them

    Abstract: President Barack Obama has said that America would reach out to other countries as “an equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before him had embraced; that “any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail”; and that “[o]ur problems must be dealt with through partnership” and…

  • WebMemo posted June 4, 2002 by President Ronald W. Reagan 20 Years Later: Reagan's Westminster Speech

    Ronald W. Reagan Address to Members of the British Parliament June 8, 1982 My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker: The journey of which this visit forms a part is a long one. Already it has taken me to two great cities of the West, Rome and Paris, and to the economic summit at Versailles. And there, once again, our sister democracies have proved that even in a time…

  • Commentary posted February 6, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Reagan's Buildup was the Model for Secure Defense

    They called him “Cap the Knife.” After stints as director of the Office of Management and Budget and Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Casper Weinberger had a rep.  He was the guy in government determined to rein it in. So when President Reagan picked him to head the Pentagon, many expected Weinberger to continue his cost-cutting ways.  But Cap and…

  • Commentary posted February 6, 2011 by Edwin Meese III A President of Great Vision and Leadership

    When Ronald Reagan took office on Jan. 20, 1981, our nation faced serious problems. We were in the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, with high unemployment, major energy shortages, interest rates of over 21 percent, and inflation at 12.5 percent. Our military capability had deteriorated in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Observers…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2011 by Edwin Meese III Reagan Upheld the Rule of Law

    Both as governor of California and as president of the United States, Ronald Reagan was devoted to the appointment of judges who understood the proper role of the judiciary and the important limitations the U.S. Constitution sets on government. He took office as governor amid great controversy about the politicization of the judiciary and the quality of judicial…

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  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted June 4, 2013 by Steven Hayward Ronald Reagan: Conservative Statesman

    Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, is perhaps the second most popular and consequential Republican President after Abraham Lincoln. Like Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, Reagan’s careful rhetorical style proved deeply persuasive to the American people and earned him the name of “Great Communicator.” Elected during a moment of national self-doubt and…

  • First Principles Series Report posted November 1, 2011 by Robert G. Kaufman The First Principles of Ronald Reagan’s Foreign Policy

    Abstract: A neo-Reaganite grand strategy offers the surest guide for restoring and sustaining American greatness in the 21st century. It incorporates the principles of the Founding without slighting the perennial imperatives of power and geopolitics. It inoculates us from the pessimism of unrealistic realists, who underestimate the possibility of provisional…

  • WebMemo posted February 1, 2011 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Classical Virtues of Ronald Reagan

    The best political leaders embody the classical virtues of courage, prudence, justice, and wisdom. President Ronald Reagan had all these qualities and in abundance. Courage When he was shot on March 30, 1981, President Reagan seemed to spend most of his time reassuring everyone that he was not seriously hurt, although the bullet had stopped only…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Defining the Obama Doctrine, Its Pitfalls, and How to Avoid Them

    Abstract: President Barack Obama has said that America would reach out to other countries as “an equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before him had embraced; that “any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail”; and that “[o]ur problems must be dealt with through partnership” and…

  • WebMemo posted June 4, 2002 by President Ronald W. Reagan 20 Years Later: Reagan's Westminster Speech

    Ronald W. Reagan Address to Members of the British Parliament June 8, 1982 My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker: The journey of which this visit forms a part is a long one. Already it has taken me to two great cities of the West, Rome and Paris, and to the economic summit at Versailles. And there, once again, our sister democracies have proved that even in a time…

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