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Ch 17: AP US Government and Politics: Foreign and Defense Policy

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Watch video lessons, and learn about the development of U.S. foreign and defense policies. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Foreign and Defense Policy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Foreign and defense policy refers to the way the American government interacts with foreign nations as well as its strategies with regard to international security and dispatching the armed forces. After you have watched these Foreign and Defense Policy video lessons, you should have an understanding of:

  • The need to protect the American public
  • How the President develops foreign policy
  • American military power

Video Objective
A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to Post 9/11 Explain how foreign policy developed during this time period.
Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress and Interest Groups Explore the factors that influence the development of foreign policy in the United States.
Foreign Policy Powers of the President and Congress Discover the extent of these presidential and congressional powers.
The Use and Capabilities of U.S. Military Power Explore national security policies and the use of military forces.
Ideals, Interests and Needs of Protecting the American Public Learn about national defense controversies and American ideals.
The Economics of National Security Policy Explore national security policies as they relate to American economics.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: AP US Government and Politics: Foreign and Defense Policy
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

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

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States have caused fundamental changes to U.S. foreign policy. In this lesson, you'll be provided a brief overview of U.S. foreign policy during and after the Cold War.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

2. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress

3. Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress

In the United States, both the president and Congress have influence over the development and implementation of foreign policy. In this lesson, you'll learn about the powers that the executive and legislative branch exerts over foreign policy.

The Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

4. The Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

One of the most powerful foreign policy tools that the United States possesses is military force. In this lesson, you'll learn about the capabilities of the United State military and how it can be used to advance national interest.

Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

5. Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

Foreign policy is often a place where values, reality and necessity collide. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concepts of national ideals, national mission and national interests and see how they work together and sometimes even in opposition.

The Economics of National Security Policy

6. The Economics of National Security Policy

The national security interest of the United States is broad, complex and involves far more than mere military security. In this lesson, you'll learn how economics fits into the overall national security policy of the United States.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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