The Implementation of the Reagan Administration's Counterterrorist Policy
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
Dale R. Lightfoot
Pia Christina Wood
W. Andrew Ferrill
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Special Collections LD4331.I45S74
This thesis investigates the implementation of President Ronald Reagan's active counterterrorist policy. The paper attempts to determine why the stated policy of "swift and effective retribution" was not carried out. This paper concentrates on the discrepancies between the numerous statements advocating retaliation made by Reagan and his top officials and the failure of these officials to administer the necessary orders for such retaliatory policies. This research indicated numerous causes, although the primary cause is attributed to the divergent opinions of the reticent Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and the more retributive views of the two successive Secretaries of State, Alexander Haig and George Shultz. Additional causes include public opinion, relations with other states, and military problems. This thesis concludes that poor cabinet officer selection led to inertia in implementation of the policy, although other factors contributed to this inaction.
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Steinberg, Howard L..
"The Implementation of the Reagan Administration's Counterterrorist Policy"
(1992). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/854p-te87