OSR Journal of Student Research


The Cold War between Russia and the United States neared its end when President Ronald Reagan took office in January of 1981. A worldwide policy of détente had been in effect over the previous decade which allowed the USSR to build up its arsenal of nuclear weapons. Reagan was determined to reverse this course, and by his derailing of détente and style of tough rhetoric, the Soviet government and newly-elected leader Mikhail Gorbachev had no choice but to give into Reagan’s capitulations. The U. S. leader’s bluff helped him to end the Cold War and nuclear threat— that communist regime would indeed fall and usher in a new wave of democratic governments worldwide.