CHAPTER 16 : FOREIGN POLICY
The U.S. exists in a world of sovereign and independent
nations. World order rests on a precarious balance-of-power-system.
Before World War I, the primary function of American Foreign Policy
was to help American citizens in their travel and foreign business
dealings. Foreign policy agencies also served as sources of communication
and information for the President and the Secretary of State in
the conduct of foreign relations. There has been a significant change
in the formulation and management of foreign policy, after 1914.
The main objective of American foreign policy is still to safeguard
the security of the U.S.
However, in the context of international affairs, American foreign policy also aims at building a stable international order, jointly with other free nations. It also seeks to advance human welfare and standards of living in the less developed areas of the world. A major aim of American policy abroad has been to achieve progress towards avoiding catastrophe, since the arms race carries dangers of total catastrophe. Finally, American foreign policy also tries to meet the long-range challenge of communism.
Background Of American Foreign Policy
Making Foreign Policy
The Institutions Of Foreign Policy
Issues In Foreign Policy