Describe what effect the Kennedy Doctrine had on regional or global affairs since it was announced during the Cold War.

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The Kennedy Doctrine had a significant impact on regional and world affairs. The Kennedy Doctrine was designed to stop the spread of communism to countries in the Americas and to try to remove it where it already existed. This policy was similar to those policies of previous presidents who were trying to stop the spread of communism.

The Kennedy Doctrine can be seen on display in Cuba. When we realized the Soviets were building missiles sites in Cuba and placing missiles there that had offensive capabilities, we announced the blockade of Cuba. We were not willing to let the Soviet Union threaten the security of the western hemisphere. As a result, we blockaded the coast of Cuba to prevent the Soviets from bringing supplies to Cuba.

President Kennedy also wanted to improve our relations with Latin America. The Alliance for Progress was an economic aid program to help Latin American countries. President Kennedy wanted to improve our poor relations with these countries. He also hoped the aid would strengthen the economies of the Latin American nations, hopefully decreasing the likelihood that they would turn to communism.