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Explain how Nixon’s foreign policy strategy of détente differed from the foreign policy strategies of the presidents who preceded and followed him. Analyze how effective détente was and what the short and long-term results were.

Each discussion should be answered separately! Each discussion answer should be at least 250 words in length! This is four separate discussions please ensure that each discussion is answered SEPARATELY! I prefer Page 1 will be used to answer discussion 1 and 2, Page 2 will be used to answer discussion 3 and 4.

Discussion 1. Détente

Explain how Nixon’s foreign policy strategy of détente differed from the foreign policy strategies of the presidents who preceded and followed him. Analyze how effective détente was and what the short and long-term results were. Finally, as Spock from Star Trek famously said in 1991, “Only Nixon could go to China.” How true was this statement and why?

Discussion 2. Containment

George F. Kennan is famous as the author of the Long Telegram and the X article, from which the strategy of containment was developed. Read the transcript of the interview with George Kennan conducted in 1996. Explain how George Kennan originally envisioned that his ideas would be applied and contrast that with how they were applied throughout the Cold War. What criticisms and praises did he have for the applications of containment?

Discussion 3.Establishment and Exercise of Religion

The lack of a national religion supported and established by the federal government has been hailed as one of the most important principles that ensure religious freedom in the United States. In addition, the ability to practice any religious or non-religious beliefs is equally applauded as a core tenant of religious freedom. Still, the debate over religious freedom continues throughout our nation. Currently, numerous organized religions co-exist with organizations for non-believers. In your opinion, what are the essential elements of religious freedom? Is separation of church and state necessary? Does the U.S. Constitution equally and effectively protect the rights of all religious believers and non-believers? Explain your reasoning, discuss why you are taking the positions you are taking in your response.

Discussion 4. Freedom of Speech, Press, and Assembly: Today and Tomorrow

Certain freedoms identified and protected by the Constitution have been the subject of intense political, social, and cultural controversy. The right of all Americans to believe, say, and write what they want, to protest in our streets, and to challenge the pervading political, social, cultural thoughts of the day are the most fundamental of American freedoms. Yet, these freedoms have been, are, and will continue to be modified and will evolve as our nation evolves. For instance, in the last 10 years, numerous types of social media have been developed that have changed the way society operates. New versions of social media, from Facebook to SnapChat, are available at the click of a button – and even on our cellphones. When the Founding Fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution, they had no idea how technology would advance or how this would impact citizens’ rights. Is virtual freedom of speech the same as freedom of speech in other media outlets (i.e., freedom of the press)? What are some of the civil liberty balancing concerns between freedom of speech/civil liberty supporters and security/law enforcement officials? Be sure to consider the Reno v. ACLU case, found in your course text, in your response.


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