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Foreign Policy, Defense Policy & Government - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review major foreign policy tools, developments and powers. These learning materials will help you understand the role of the American military in foreign policy work, as well as the roles of the executive and legislative branches when it comes to making foreign policy decisions. The chapter includes short self-assessment quizzes to help you reinforce the information you study. Access the chapter at any time, and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain the functions of various foreign policy tools
- Evaluate the development of foreign policy as it relates to the president, Congress and interest
- Recognize the foreign policy powers of Congress and the president
- Describe the capabilities and uses of U.S. military power
- Interpret the needs, ideals and interests of protecting the American public
- Assess national security policy economics
1. Tools of Foreign Policy
This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.
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.
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