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The Breakdown of Detente

1) Human Rights
· Jimmy Carter- elected in Nov 1976/office in Jan 1977
· His foreign policy had a particular focus on human rights- "focal point for deep
concern about human beings all over the world"
· Republicans dislike this- question its importance
· USSR's…

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· Carter increased defence spending- feeling threatened as he criticised for
being "soft on communism" and needs to prove himself
· USSR placed SS 20s in Eastern Europe
· Strengthened NATO- Cruise and Pershing sent to Western Europe
· Europe becoming unstable again
· Jan 1980 SALT II was withdrawn…

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The Rise of Right
· The Right wing's opinion of detente not being beneficial gaining momentum
· Confirmed by election of Thatcher in 1979
· And election of Reagan in 1980/1
· Both v right wing politicians who disliked detente


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