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Ch 18: U.S. Foreign Policy

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Use our video lessons to explore the United States' foreign policy from the country's founding to the present day. Get an overview of who wields foreign policy power in the government and look at the goals of foreign policy.

U.S. Foreign Policy - Chapter Summary

Learn how U.S. foreign policy evolved from the country's origins through World War I. Look at how the World Wars and the Cold War changed U.S. foreign policy, and examine foreign policy in the post-9/11 world. Get an idea of the goals of successful foreign policy.

Our instructors will help you understand foreign policy powers granted to the legislative and executive branches of government. You will also see who has the authority to mobilize the military and for what purpose. These video lessons should prepare you to:

  • Describe major themes and conflicts of U.S. foreign policy from 1789-1914
  • Report on U.S. foreign policy from the World War I and II periods
  • Explain foreign relations from the Cold War period through the present day
  • Analyze how foreign policy is used to protect the American people
  • Recognize foreign policy powers granted to the president and to Congress
  • Explain how foreign policy is developed
  • Describe how and why military power can be utilized

Our instructors simplify these sometimes complex topics in our brief and engaging video lessons. Each lesson also comes with a written transcript. After watching the videos, you can assess your knowledge with a short multiple-choice quiz. The quiz results page contains links that let you return to specific topics in the lesson if you need further review.

7 Lessons in Chapter 18: U.S. Foreign Policy
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U.S. Foreign Policy from 1789 - 1914

1. U.S. Foreign Policy from 1789 - 1914

More than anything else, American foreign policy from 1789-1914 focused on making money. Find out more in this lesson, which shows how everything about the work of American diplomats and military leaders was focused on making commerce easier.

Overview of U.S. Foreign Policy During the World Wars

2. Overview of U.S. Foreign Policy During the World Wars

In 30 years, the United States went from being just another country, although one with significant economic potential, to being one of the leading superpowers with influence that stretched across the globe. This lesson explains how.

A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

3. 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.

Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

4. 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.

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.

The Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

7. 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.

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