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Ch 58: Foreign Policy - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Analyze national security policy, the capabilities of U.S. military power and more in this overview of foreign policy. You can watch video lessons to brush up on these topics as you study for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science assessment.

Foreign Policy - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you prepare to answer questions related to foreign policy on the ORELA assessment. After reviewing the lessons, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Share the history of foreign policy in the U.S. from the Cold War through post-9/11
  • Discuss how the president, Congress and interest groups develop foreign policy
  • Explain the foreign policy powers of Congress and the president
  • Describe the capabilities and uses of U.S. military power
  • Provide details about protecting the American public
  • Detail the economics of national security policy

All of the lessons in this chapter are short, averaging about 10 minutes apiece. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to access weeks of materials, condensed into comprehensive, entertaining videos that thoroughly explain foreign policy.

6 Lessons in Chapter 58: Foreign Policy - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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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.

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