Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law


Ronald Reagan and International Law

Keywords US, Hungary, Soviet Union, Reagan doctrine, Reagan corollary
Authors Marcel Szabó
Author's information

Marcel Szabó
Marcel Szabó: professor of law, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest; justice, Constitutional Court of Hungary, Budapest.
  • Abstract

      Doctrines always play an important law in US foreign relations and policy. Under the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), international politics and the role of the US at the global level significantly changed. President Reagan firmly believed that the Soviets were weaker economically than the intelligence community believed – and from this point on, the US definitely won the Cold War against the Soviet Union. The US policy under President Reagan finally led to the fall of the Soviet bloc in 1989, and to the independence of the Central and Eastern European states, including Hungary. The article tries to evaluate the role President Reagan played at the level of international law in this period.

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