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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How have U.S. defense and foreign policies evolved since the Cold War?
- How do Congress, interest groups and the president impact the foreign policy process?
- What is the relationship between national defense needs and philosophical ideals?
- What are some of the strengths and uses of American military power?
- How do economics influence national security policies?
- What are some of the force-related and political tools used to implement foreign policy?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Old and New Immigrants in the US: Definition & Overview
There were two waves of European immigration to America in the late 1800s. Learn about the push and pull factors that contributed to these two major influxes of immigrants and the impact they had on U.S. policy.
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