The Carter Years: Toward a New Global Order

Paperback
Although Jimmy Carter came to office fully prepared and willing to carry forward the new global order initiated by Henry Kissinger in 1973, his administration immediately encountered a Soviet Union which had embarked on a multi-pronged geopolitical offensive, backed by a major advance in strategic weaponry, and which threatened to undermine America's global position. Recognition of the Soviet offensive forced a reconsideration of American strategy, splitting the new administration.Secretary of State Cyrus Vance insisted that the strategy of a new global order, requiring a detente between the two nations, was still a viable option. However, National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski argued that a return to some form of modified containment of the Soviet Union was necessary. President Carter, caught between these diametrically opposed positions, went neither one way nor the other - a wavering attitude that came to characterize the foreign policy of his presidency.