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Powers of the President: Foreign Policy: Carter and Reagan

Synopsis
The bulk of the programme consists of interviews of US presidents by Hugh Sidey, contributing editor of ‘Time’ magazine. The Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution made four programmes, with one president featured in each, which were originally broadcast in the USA on PBS in 1991 and 1992. The OU version intercuts the Commission’s programmes around subject areas in order to contextualise the interviews in terms of their historical context and the wider political debate. Some of the incidents mentioned are illustrated by archive materials.
In this programme President Carter gives his account of his Middle East diplomacy and the Camp David accords, the Iranian hostage crisis (including the failure of the ‘Desert One’ rescue attempt), the Panama Canal Treaty and the invasion of Afghanistan. President Reagan discusses Star Wars, the ‘evil empire’ speech, the Rekjavik and Geneva summits, Nicaragua and ‘Irangate’.
Series
United States in the Twentieth Century, The: Course D214
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 49 min.
Year of production
1994
Availability
Off-air recording licence
Sale; 1998 sale: £195.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Politics & government
Keywords
international relations; United States of America

Credits

Producer
Jeremy Cooper
Cast
Richard Maidment 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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