Ronald Reagan was perhaps best known for his effect on America's relations with the Soviet Union and on other foreign policy issues. President Reagan's antagonistic relationship with what he called the "evil empire" underwrote attempts at significant arms-control, another focal point of the Reagan administration.
This section highlights some of President Reagan's most important foreign policy statements. These include his declaration of the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," his speech announcing the invasion of Grenada,
This March 8, 1983 speech is famous for bringing the phrase "the Evil Empire" into the American vernacular.
This speech sets out the budgetary implications and the strategy behind the largest peace-time military buildup in Ameria's history.
In this anniversary speech for the Strategic Defense Initiative, President Reagan reiterates the foreign policy issues which make SDI important.
The President reports on a terrorist bombing of the American compound in Beirut, Lebanon which kills over 200 Marines while they slept.
The President addresses the nation on an international tragedy involving the downing by Soviet Military aircraft of a civilian Korean Air jetliner which had strayed into Soviet airspace.
1983 was a turbulent year for American foreign policy. On October 27, 1983, Reagan reassured the nation regarding the military presence in Grenada and Lebanon.
On a trip to Berlin, Reagan offered words of hope to the Berliners in a speech at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987.
Reagan emphasized his dislike for the Soviet system of government and not the Soviet people themselves in this May 31, 1988 Q&A session with students and faculty at Moscow State University.
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