Ch 15: STAAR US History: Foreign Policy & the Gulf War

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As you cram for the STAAR U.S. History test, use this chapter to awaken your memories about U.S. foreign policy and the Gulf War. Get a rundown of all the important dates and names from this period of U.S. history by looking over our transcripts.

STAAR US History: Foreign Policy & the Gulf War - Chapter Summary

There are many details to remember concerning U.S. foreign policy during the time of the Gulf War, and this chapter has been designed to help you recall that information. Rediscover details about political figures, events, and the causes of the Gulf War, as well as the foreign policies of the different presidents, including George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. To prepare for related questions on the STAAR U.S. History test, take some time to watch our lessons about the following topics:

  • Details about the ending of the Cold War and the start of Desert Storm
  • Events and causes that led to problems in the Balkans
  • Terrorism on the rise since 1990
  • The political spectrum and ideologies
  • Major and minor parties compared to ideological parties
  • The War on Terror and the 9/11 terrorist attack
  • Timeline of the war in Afghanistan and related controversies
  • The 2008 government policy and the American economy

You can be certain that our instructors possess a wealth of knowledge concerning U.S. history. In addition, they have gone over the STAAR U.S. History test with a fine-tooth comb, so they know exactly which topics you are responsible for knowing. In other words, our instructors have built these study guides to be tailor-made for your test. We only cover what you need to know for your test, and we don't waste your time with unrelated topics.

14 Lessons in Chapter 15: STAAR US History: Foreign Policy & the Gulf War
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Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

1. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.

President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

2. President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

President George H.W. Bush's foreign policy was a pragmatic blend of diplomacy and force. Learn more about Bush's international affairs during his tenure as President of the United States.

The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush

3. The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush

Learn about the three-way presidential race of 1992, which pitted Republican incumbent George H.W. Bush against Democrat Bill Clinton and independent Ross Perot. The campaign focused heavily on the economy.

Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland

4. Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland

During his two terms as president, Bill Clinton intended to focus on domestic policy over foreign policy. But between 1992 and 2000, the U.S. was involved in several international conflicts and diplomatic interventions, which will be covered in this lesson.

The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm

5. The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm

In this lesson, we will learn about the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War - also known as Desert Storm. We'll learn what led to these events and highlight the key themes associated with them.

Conflict in the Balkans: Causes & Events

6. Conflict in the Balkans: Causes & Events

Various conflicts arose when Yugoslavia broke apart in the 1990s, including the Bosnian War. Kosovo also separated from Serbia during this time, adding to the chaos in the Balkan Peninsula.

Rise of Terrorism since 1990: Causes & Major Events

7. Rise of Terrorism since 1990: Causes & Major Events

In this lesson, we explore the diverse and dangerous rise of terrorism, specifically that sponsored by Islamic extremism, since 1990, as well as the current terrorist threats posed to the world today.

Types of Ideologies Along The Political Spectrum

8. Types of Ideologies Along The Political Spectrum

There are several different ideologies represented along the political spectrum. Political ideologies range from the extreme left-wing to the extreme right-wing. This lesson explains five political ideologies.

Ideological Parties: Definition & Examples

9. Ideological Parties: Definition & Examples

The U.S. political system is built around (and for) two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans - but those aren't the only parties in town. Ideological parties, often lumped in with other third parties, have their own agendas, and their own definitions of victory.

Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

10. Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

The following lesson will introduce the concept of third parties, as well as explain their role in the national political party system. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

11. George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States forced President George W. Bush to reappraise his foreign policy. Learn about the tragic day, the Bush Doctrine and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

12. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.

The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

13. The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

The rise of sub-prime mortgage loans and heightened real estate speculation led to the collapse of the housing market, which ushered in the Great Recession in 2007. Learn more about this economic downturn and its effects in this lesson.

President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

14. President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States in 2009. Learn about his first term including his domestic and foreign initiatives, and his successes and failures.

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