Ch 20: Foreign and Defense Policy: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The foreign and defense policy chapter of this American Government Help and Review course is the simplest way to master foreign and defense policy. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of foreign and defense policy.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering American government material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn American government. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding key concepts in American foreign and defense policy
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning political science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about foreign and defense policy
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra political science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the foreign and defense policy chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the foreign and defense policy chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any foreign and defense policy question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a foreign and defense policy unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:

  • The history of foreign policy in the U.S. from the Cold War to post-9/11
  • Developing foreign policy
  • Foreign policy powers of the President and Congress
  • The use and capabilities of U.S. military power
  • Ideals, interests and needs of protecting the American public
  • The economics of national security policy

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: Foreign and Defense Policy: Help and Review
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.

11 General Orders for the Navy

7. 11 General Orders for the Navy

This lesson reviews the 11 General Orders of the Navy, which all sailors must learn as part of their military training, including the background, purpose, and language of these orders.

The Four Fundamentals of Marksmanship

8. The Four Fundamentals of Marksmanship

In this lesson, we will learn the four fundamentals of marksmanship that the army teaches. After the lesson, there will be a short quiz testing your knowledge.

The Open Door Policy with China: Definition, Summary & Purpose

9. The Open Door Policy with China: Definition, Summary & Purpose

The Open Door Policy was an American proposal that aimed to keep Chinese markets open for all and not allow any one country to gain control over the region. In this lesson, we'll look at the policy's historical background and the Chinese reaction to it.

Good Neighbor Policy: Definition & Summary

10. Good Neighbor Policy: Definition & Summary

Initiated in 1933, the Good Neighbor Policy committed the U.S. to a noninterventionist foreign policy in Latin America, reversing a decades-long trend. Learn about the policy and its effects, and check your understanding with a quiz.

Jingoism: Definition, History & Examples

11. Jingoism: Definition, History & Examples

Through this lesson you will learn what defines jingoism, and come to understand how this political philosophy has influenced military actions and global relations.

National Security Council: Definition, History, Members & Role

12. National Security Council: Definition, History, Members & Role

This lesson will discuss the formation and primary role of the National Security Council. Additionally, this lesson will provide the history of the NSC and identify its members.

Protective Tariffs: Definition & Explanation

13. Protective Tariffs: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson we explore protective tariffs, a tool used by many countries today and throughout history to protect domestic industries from cheap, foreign products.

Treason: Definition, Examples & Punishment

14. Treason: Definition, Examples & Punishment

Treason is one of the highest crimes you can commit, yet ask anyone what it is and how it's defined, and you will most likely receive a multitude of responses. The reasons, definitions, and consequences will be discussed here.

What Is Interoperability? - Definition & Standards

15. What Is Interoperability? - Definition & Standards

Learn what constitutes interoperability. Understand the definition of interoperability as it relates to emergency situations and review the standards of interoperability pertaining to the coordination of various integral systems utilized during such situations.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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