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Reagan and Thatcher's Special Relationship$
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Sally-Ann Treharne

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686063

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686063.001.0001

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Nicaragua: The Allies Stand Together

Nicaragua: The Allies Stand Together

(p.196) 5 Nicaragua: The Allies Stand Together
Reagan and Thatcher's Special Relationship

Sally-Ann Treharne

Edinburgh University Press

US involvement in Nicaragua during the Reagan administration became synonymous with subterfuge, illegal and covert operations, a disregard for congressional and public approval, and the infamous Iran–Contra scandal. Nicaragua was a country of significant strategic geographical importance to the US due to its central location in Latin America. It provided the Reagan administration with a chance to quash the perceived communist threat in the form of the Sandinista government. Thus, US involvement in Nicaragua was characterised by deep-rooted Cold War suppositions. Removing the Sandinistas from power became one of the foremost foreign policy objectives of the Reagan administration. US hegemony in the region was threatened by what the Americans saw as a Marxist proxy in Latin America in the guise of the Sandinistas. Nicaragua’s close association with Cuba and the Eastern bloc fuelled US fears of Marxist expansionism in the region. Reagan could not, nor would not, allow the US to be further isolated in its own backyard.

Keywords:   US–Nicaraguan relations, Sandinistas, Boland Amendments, Contadora initiatives, Kissinger Commission, Blowpipe missiles, Sergio Ramírez, ‘The Enterprise’, Iran–Contra scandal

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