This volume is part of a Foreign Relations subseries that documents the most important
foreign policy issues of the Jimmy Carter administration. The focus of this volume is on the
Carter administration’s approach to events in Afghanistan during the buildup of the Soviet
Union’s presence in that country beginning in early 1978 and culminating in the large scale
invasion of Soviet troops at the end of 1979. Officials in the Carter administration
regarded Soviet actions as among the most flagrant violations of international norms during
the Cold War. The volume is arranged chronologically, with the majority of documents
concentrated around the crisis period during the lead-up to the invasion, and during the
aftermath, when the Carter administration formulated a range of policy responses to
challenge the Soviet Union’s domination of Afghanistan.
This volume documents the broad and unpredictable impact that the Jimmy Carter
administration's emphasis on human rights had on U.S. relations with South American
nations, as well as efforts to balance human rights concerns with other regional issues,
such as territorial disputes, non-proliferation, and trade.
This volume documents the efforts of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration to craft public
diplomacy and information policy during the middle period of the Cold War. A major emphasis
is on the various ways the United States Information Agency (USIA) presented U.S. foreign
policy objectives to global audiences during a time of great social upheaval within the
United States, particularly during the Civil Rights movement.
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