A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11


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Which of the following was NOT a U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War?

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1. What event brought an end to the bipolar world that existed during the Cold War?

2. Which of the following was an unnecessary foreign policy objective of the U.S. after the end of the Cold War?

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About this Quiz and Worksheet

From the Cold War to the present day, U.S. foreign policy has evolved from mitigating conflict with rival superpowers to protecting against nationless overseas threats. This worksheet tracks the evolution of key foreign policy strategies, before testing your knowledge of their meaning and historical context.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you'll be tested on:

  • U.S. foreign policy objectives during and after the Cold War
  • Defining containment and the bipolar world, and the role they played in Cold War policy
  • How the 9/11 terrorist attacks led to the creation of the preemptive war doctrine

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the preemptive war doctrine in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast U.S. foreign policy as part of the biploar world during the Cold War and as a global hegemon after the Cold War
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as containment, mutually assured destruction and preemptive war doctrine
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about non-military strategies that were part of U.S. foreign policy from the Cold War to the present day

Additional Learning

To learn more about U.S. foreign policy during and after the Cold War, read the following lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how containment and deterrence worked together as components of Cold War foreign policy
  • Define preemptive war doctrine and understand why it was created
  • Identify how the support of economic institutions influenced the outcome of the Cold War and U.S. foreign policy
  • Analyze the ways the U.S. has tried to assert itself as a global power from the Cold War to the present day