A Short History of the Department of State

The End of the Cold War, 1981-1992

The Fall of the Berlin WallThe Fall of the Berlin WallRonald Reagan inherited a country demoralized and on the defensive in the face of Soviet expansionism. By the end of the period, the Berlin Wall had fallen, the Soviet satellite states of Eastern Europe were free, and the Soviet Union itself disbanded. But the United States and its diplomats struggled to cope with new threats to global stability—and take advantage of new opportunities.