Overview of International Issues: A Global USA Foreign Policy
External Affairs Policy memo “Overview of International Issues: A Global USA Foreign Policy” undated but February 1981
This memo of unidentified authorship (presumably Heinbecker) and presumably for the Prime Minister offers a brief but accurate assessment of Reagan’s anticipated foreign policy, adding that a full bilateral agenda would preclude Trudeau having time to delve deeply into these issues. The analysis emphasizes Reagan’s long-held and fervent ideological anti-communism as new President’s main point of departure from his predecessors and as “the mirror image and antithesis of his beliefs about the American ethos and purpose” and to which all other international considerations would be subordinated. An interesting insight offered here was recognition that Reagan’s posture towards Moscow might be moderated in the course with personal diplomacy and a change in Soviet international behaviour – as did occur in the second term with the arrival of Mikhail Gorbachev.