Ch 17: Political Relationships & the United States

About This Chapter

This chapter provides an in-depth look at the United States and its political relationships with help from entertaining lessons that you can review at home or on-the-go. Use these lessons along with short quizzes and a practice exam to prepare for an upcoming test, assignment or class discussion.

Political Relationships & the United States - Chapter Summary

The United States has a long history of complex domestic and foreign political relationships. Use this chapter's entertaining lessons to brush up on your knowledge of these relationships. Take a close look at U.S. foreign policy, the growth of international organizations, NGOs and much more. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Share your knowledge of state and non-state actors on the world stage
  • Explain how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) act as international political actors
  • Detail the history, events and trends of international organizations
  • Differentiate between domestic and foreign policy
  • Identify and describe the foreign policy powers the president and Congress exert over foreign policy
  • Discuss the development of foreign policy and its relationship to national ideals and interests designed to protect the American public
  • Describe the capabilities and uses of U.S. military power
  • Provide information about the ways foreign policy affects U.S. politics and society

Tailor the lessons in this chapter to suit your unique study needs. Access lessons anytime, day or night, from any computer, smartphone or tablet with an Internet connection. Navigate the lessons in any sequence you desire, and revisit them as often as needed. Use the quiz with each lesson to assess your comprehension of political relationships within and outside of the United States. If you have questions about topics covered in this chapter, be sure to submit them to our experts.

9 Lessons in Chapter 17: Political Relationships & the United States
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
State & Non-State Actors in International Politics

1. State & Non-State Actors in International Politics

While states still reign supreme on the world stage, they are by no means the only significant actors playing the game of international politics. In this lesson, you'll learn about state and non-state actors on the world stage.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors

2. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors

States aren't the only actors on the world stage. Nongovernmental organizations play an important role in our international system. In this lesson, you'll learn what nongovernmental organizations are and how they affect the world. A short quiz follows.

Growth of International Organizations: History, Events, and Trends

3. Growth of International Organizations: History, Events, and Trends

In this lesson, we explore the growth of international organizations since the 1990s, especially the proliferation of trade deals and the expanding reach of existing organizations like the UN, NATO, and the EU.

Domestic vs. Foreign Policy: Definition, Differences & Policymaking

4. Domestic vs. Foreign Policy: Definition, Differences & Policymaking

In this lesson, you'll learn about domestic and foreign policy and the differences between each. You'll also explore how they are used to address issues on both a domestic and global scale.

Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress

5. 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.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

6. 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.

Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

7. 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 Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

8. 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.

Effects of Foreign Policy on U.S. Politics & Society

9. Effects of Foreign Policy on U.S. Politics & Society

In this lesson we will learn about the effects of American foreign policy on U.S. politics and society. We will highlight specific examples and explore key themes and developments as they relate to political and social responses to foreign policy.

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