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What Are Relations Like Between the U.S. and...
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Russia, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
How Did US Foreign Policy Change after 9/11?
United States foreign policy changed in some very noticeable ways after September 11, 2001. In other ways, foreign policy after 9/11 has remained the same.
What Are Sanctions Exactly?
This article discusses what sanctions are, describes different types of sanctions, gives examples of sanctions, and explains problems sanctions can cause.
How Foreign Direct Investment Affects the Economy
An explanation of what foreign direct investment is and what it means to the US.
The Bush Doctrine
The Bush Doctrine of US foreign policy combined elements of unilateralism with preventive warfare.
How the US and Japan Went From Enemies to...
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What Was George Washington's Foreign Policy?
George Washington practiced a cautious, yet successful foreign policy.
U.S. and Russia's Relations from 1922 Until Today
A look at the US-Russian relationship from 1922 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
What Is Counterterrorism?
This is an article explaining counterterrorism.
What Is the Role of Congress in US Foreign...
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
Globalization and Its Effects on the United...
Globalization, for good or ill, is here to stay. But what is globalization? At its base, globalization is an attempt to abolish barriers -- whether in trade, communication, or cultural exchange. In fact, globalization has been around longer than you might think.
Why Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points Plan for...
The Fourteen Points were Woodrow Wilson's ambitious plan for peace at the end of World War I.
Have U.S. Presidents Abused the War Powers Act...
A description of the War Powers Act of 1973, its function and intent.
What Were The Oslo Accords?
The Oslo Accords, which Israel and Palestine signed in 1993, were supposed to end the decades-old fight between them. Hesitation on both sides, however, derailed the process, leaving the United States and other entities once again trying to mediate an end to the Middle East conflict.
Foreign Policy 101
Who makes U.S. foreign policy (or American foreign policy) today? What is foreign policy? And what roles do the president and congress play? A description from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
What Was Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy Like?
Thomas Jefferson conducted US foreign policy that began well but ended disastrously.
What Happened Between the U.S. and Japan Before...
On December 7, 1941, nearly 90 years of American-Japanese diplomatic relations spiraled into World War II in the Pacific. That descent is the story of how the foreign policies of the two nations backed each other into situations they could only solve with war.
The Relationship of the United States with the...
A profile of the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Who Cares?
Why should average Americans care about U.S. foreign policy, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
What Is Multilateralism?
Multilateralism refers to cooperation among several nations, usually in economic or diplomatic affairs.
Munich Olympic Massacre Forces Changes In U.S....
The murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics forced changes in the way the United States handles diplomatic security.
Why Is the US-Iran Relationship So Filled with...
Background on the US-Iran Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
The Relationship of the United States with China
A profile of the relationship between the United States and China, from About Expert to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
The U.S. and Great Britain: The Special...
A look at the. US Foreign Policy.
The Geneva Accords, 1954
The Geneva Accords of 1954 were an attempt to end eight years of fighting between France and Vietnam. They did that, but they also set the stage for the American phase of fighting in Southeast Asia.
The Truman Doctrine
The Truman Doctrine, which President Harry S. Truman issued in March 1947, was the basis of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union until 1991. It included both economic and military elements and advocated containing the spread of Communism. It symbolized the United States' post-World War II global leadership role.
How Was US Foreign Policy Under John Adams?
John Adams followed a cautious and paranoid foreign policy.
The Relationship of the United States with Japan
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Japan, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Emancipation Proclamation Was Also Foreign Policy
Everyone knows that when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 he was freeing American slaves. But did you know the abolition of slavery was also a key element of Lincoln's foreign policy?
Nixon Goes To China
President Richard Nixon went to China in 1972, paving the way for normalized relations between the two countries.
Soft Power in U.S. Foreign Policy
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The Cuban Missile Crisis
The release of Robert F. Kennedy documents coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The U.S. Defense Department
A profile of the U.S. Defense Department, leaders of the United States military, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
US and Cuba Have History of Complex Relations
The US and Cuba have had a complex and hostile relationship for more than 50 years. Read more about the communism conflict and the modern repercussions.
The Christmas Bombing
The Christmas season of 1972 brought a brutal American air campaign over North Vietnam. Known as the Christmas Bombing, it was President Richard Nixon's practice of foreign policy by force.
Obama's Foreign Policy Platform
Obama's foreign policy platform for the 2012 election is a reflection of his past efforts.
When The U.S. Boycotted The Summer Olympics
The 1980 Olympics became enmeshed in American foreign policy as the U.S. boycotted the games to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
The Relationship of the United States with France
A profile of the relationship between the United States and France, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
U.S. Foreign Policy in the Yom Kippur War, 1973
The Yom Kippur War of 1973 caused the U.S. and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to begin shuttle diplomacy to bring peace to the Middle East.
American Manifest Destiny
While the term. US Foreign Policy.
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 6.
Profile: The Iraq War
Iraq War background and summary are provided in this issue profile from Keith Porter, About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy. The summary covers the prelude to war, coalition building, invasion and occupation, costs and casualties, foreign policy implications, and paths forward from the Iraq War.
Early U.S.-Palestinian Relations
The U.S., Israel and Palestine have a long history of rocky diplomatic relations.
The Relationship of the United States with Mexico
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Mexico, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Top 10 Things President Bush Has Done Right
has done right in U.S. foreign policy . As they wrote, "Passport is usually pretty critical of the Prez.
The Relationship of the United States with Brazil
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Brazil, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
The Relationship of the United States with India
A profile of the relationship between the United States and India, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright was the 64th U.S. Secretary of State. Learn more about her background, education and experience, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Timeline of U.S.-Israeli Relations
A look at the US-Israeli relationship from 1922 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
Keith Porter, Kristin McHugh, and Malcolm Brown...
Keith Porter, Kristin McHugh, and Malcolm Brown report from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti for the public radio documentary Beyond Fear: America's Role in an Uncertain World. Page 7.
The Persian Gulf
A profile of the Persian Gulf, a region with great geo-strategic significance in U.S. foreign policy, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Foreign Policy Implications of the Iraq War
The war in Iraq and its fallout have been at the center of U.S. foreign policy since 2002. The war and surrounding issues occupy the attention of nearly all those in leadership at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. And the war has fueled anti-American sentiment around the world, making global diplomacy all the more difficult. Our relations with almost every country in the world are in some form colored by the war, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter
The US-Syrian Relationship
Background on the US-Syria Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Expert to US Foreign Policy.
The Relationship of the United States with...
Different waves of German immigration to the U.S. resulted in German immigrants becoming one of the largest ethnic groups in the US.
The US-Egyptian Relationship
Historical background, and current status, of the relationship between the U.S. and Egypt from Keith Porter, your About.com Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy.
US Isolationism Is An Antiquated Foreign Policy
Isolationism was a pre-World War II US foreign policy that ended in 1945. This article is a brief history of the antiquated idea.
Timeline of U.S.-Iranian Relations
A look at the US-Iranian relationship from 1953 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
The United States In Vietnam
A brief look at the American policies and ideologies that plunged the U.S. into the Vietnam War.
The Role of the Executive Branch
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
Ancient Trail
This ancient trail is used by animals and nomads moving from Ethiopia through Djibouti. Page 8.
Globalization: Good or Bad?
Is globalization a plus or a minus for the world?, from Keith Porter--your guide to U.S. Foreign Policy.
Timeline of U.S.-North Korean Relations
A look at the US-North Korean relationship from 1950 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
The US-Israeli Relationship
Background on the US-Israel Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
The Treaty of Ghent, 1814
The Treaty of Ghent, signed on Christmas Eve, 1814, ended the War of 1812 and established a new foreign policy dynamic between the United States and Great Britain.
A History Of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran
While the United States has had some sort of sanction levied against Iran for most of 30 years, few of them have levered Iran into compliance with international rules regarding terrorism or nuclear energy. By early 2012, however, evidence appears to be mounting that sanctions -- both by the U.S. and its global allies -- are hurting Iran.
Democracy Promotion As Foreign Policy
A look at the U.S. policy of promoting democracy.
Timeline of U.S.-Japanese Relations
A look at the US-Japan relationship from 1854 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
What Is Arms Control?
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The United States and Foreign Direct Investment
A look at the United States and foreign direct investment (FDI), what it is, where it comes from, and where it goes.
Donkeys at the Oasis
Donkeys drink at a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 9.
John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
John F. Kennedy's inaugural address was dominated by foreign policy, from maintaining containment to lessening the fear of atomic warfare.
U.S. And Mexico, 1920-1945
The Good Neighbor policies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt did much to counter a century of bad relations between the U.S. and Mexico.
Top 8 Best Foreign Policy Blogs
The blogosphere is full of high quality writing by leading experts on U.S. foreign policy. Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy - recommends the best foreign policy blogs.
US Stands Back In Ukraine Crisis
US stands back as EU brokers tentative deal to end violence in Ukraine.
Who Makes U.S. Foreign Policy?
A basic look at the different people and agencies that help craft United States foreign policy.
Scenes from Djibouti
Scenes from Djibouti, Camp Lemonier, and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa
Classroom in Djibouti
A classroom at Elementary School #2 in the Tadjoura region of Djibouti. Page 13.
Damaged Well in Djibouti
A damaged well in Djibouti slated for repair by a U.S. Army National Guard team. Page 10.
Good Will, Trade Characterize U.S.-Vietnam...
Nearly forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam are enjoying a period of diplomatic and economic good will.
Khat in Djibouti
Khat is a widely used drug in Djibouti. Page 20.
School Computers in Djibouti
A computer lab for training teachers across the Tadjoura region of Djibouti. The equipment was donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Page 16.
US Foreign Policy: America As Global Power
The third epoch of US foreign policy saw America become a global power -- whether it liked it or not.
What is NATO Article 5?
President Obama has mentioned NATO Article 5 several times during the Ukraine Crisis. What is Article 5? Check here.
Nomads Near a Desert Oasis in Djibouti
Nomads wait near a desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 11.
The Role of State and Local Governments
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
School Lunch Room in Djibouti
The lunch room, renovated by the U.S. military, at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura, Djibouti. Page 15.
Progress and Pratfalls in U.S.- Russian Relations
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has her fist meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, from Keith Porter, your About.com Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
The U.S. State Department
What Is It?: The U.S. State Department is the lead government agency for developing and implementing
Food From the United States in Djibouti
Bags of food, donated by the United States, in a storeroom at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura, Djibouti. Page 14.
The Role of Think Tanks and NGOs
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
Basketball in Djibouti
U.S. military volunteers in Djibouti play basketball at an orphanage. Page 17.
The Marshall Plan
The post-World War II Marshall Plan to help the recovery of Europe was the grandfather of all U.S. foreign aid projects.
How US Foreign Aid is Used in Foreign Policy
US foreign aid is an essential part of American foreign policy. The U.S. extends it to developing nations and for military or disaster assistance.
Timeline of U.S.-Chinese Relations
A look at the US-China relationship from 1844 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
Profile: The Heritage Foundation
A profile of the Heritage Foundation, an influential American group working on conservative approaches to a variety of issues including U.S. foreign policy, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Fruit Seller in Djibouti
A fruit seller at Djibouti's main market. Page 21.
Timeline of the Iraq War
A timeline of the Iraq War from 2002 to present, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter
Market in Downtown Djibouti
The market in downtown Djibouti, Djibouti. Page 19.
Inspecting the Well in Djibouti
U.S. military repairs a water well in Djibouti. Page 12.
English Discussion in Djibouti
Kristin McHugh and Malcolm Brown (center) record the English Discussion Group in Djibouti. Page 18.
"Downtown" Camp Lemonier
Central area of Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 3.
Georgia Conflict Highlights Rift in U.S.-Russia...
The conflict in Georgia over South Ossetia reveals just how the deep the rift has become between the United States and Russia, from Keith Porter, the About Guide to US Foreign Policy
A Tent Door At Camp Lemonier
Door to a tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 4.
The Reagan Doctrine, Pt. 2
National Security Decision Directive 75 was the lynchpin of Ronald Reagan's policy to rollback the Soviet Union.
Sixteen Person Tent
Sixteen person tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 5.
Obama, Panetta Announce "Leaner" Military
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The US-North Korean Relationship
Background on the US-North Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti
Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 2.
The US-Burmese Relationship
Background on the US-Burma Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
International Strategy for Cyberspace
Just as the realm of U.S. foreign policy reaches around the globe, it also reaches into cyberspace. In an effort to keep the Internet free, open, and secure, the Obama administration introduced the International Strategy for Cyberspace in May 2011.
The United Nations
A profile of the United Nations, the world's only universal membership inter-governmental organization, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has oversight over the foreign policy agencies of the U.S. government, including the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Peace Corps. The Committee reviews and considers all diplomatic nominations and international treaties, as well as legislation relating to U.S. foreign policy.
The U.S. Secretary Of State
A look at the origin of the U.S. secretary of state's job, and his traditional duties.
Amazing Growth of Pan-Arab Satellite Television...
Hundreds of free pan-Arab satellite television stations are having a major impact on the Middle East. Governments, including the United States, have no choice but to respond. Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy explains.
What Is The Korean War Armistice That North...
On March 11, 2013, North Korea declared the Korean War armistice invalid. Here is a look at the Korean War, the armistice, and American foreign policies involved in both.
Fortieth Anniversary of SALT I
May 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the SALT I treaty, in which the U.S. and Soviet Union took a major step toward limiting nuclear weapons.
What Is A Doctrine?
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Profile: Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry...
Henry Kissinger was U.S. secretary of state and national security adviser for presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Learn more about his background, education, experience, and sweeping influence on U.S. foreign policy, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Road Map For Peace
The Bush administration's Road Map for Peace in the Middle East is among the many failed attempts to settle the long-running conflict between Israel and Palestine. It includes criteria that lead to a two-state solution of the feud.
Who Cares? (page 2)
Why should average Americans care about U.S. foreign policy, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy. Page 2.
Wartime Origin Of The United Nations
The United Nations, which celebrates its birthday on October 24, was born of Allied conferences in World War II.
Profile: The Brookings Institution
A profile of the Brookings Institution, one of America's influential groups devoted to U.S. foreign policy, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, first opened for signing in 1968, was the first major international treaty aimed at curbing the development of nuclear weapons.
Henry Kissinger, Seretary Of State For Nixon...
Henry Kissinger is one of the most reconizable, and controversial, of America's modern secretaries of state.
Sports Diplomacy
The U.S. State Department sponsors Sports United, a program that sends American athletes on public diplomacy efforts to foreign countries, and which welcomes foreign athletes to the United States.
Somalia Remains A Foreign Policy Obstacle After...
While the US has never formally severed relations with Somalia, that country's lack of any official government prevents real diplomacy. The US, however, continues to support foreign aid projects to help famine-stricken, impoverished Somalis.
Berlin Olympics Caused U.S. Policy Furror
The 1936 Olympic games, held in Nazi Germany, were among the most controversial of the modern Olympic Games. They sparked debate in American foreign policy whether the U.S. should boycott the event.
Timeline of U.S.-German Relations
A look at the US-German relationship from 1608 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
The Franco-American Treaty, 1778
The Battles of Saratoga lead to the Franco-American Alliance of 1778, the turning point of the American Revolution
Map of Africa with Djibouti
Map of Africa with Djibouti. US Foreign Policy.
The Reagan Doctrine, Pt. 1
The Reagan Doctrine was a policy of rolling back, not just containing, Communism.
Fidel Castro
Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy--offers a brief overview of the life of Fidel Castro.
Obama, Bibi At Odds Over Iran Nuke Deal
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The US-Cuban Relationship
Background on the US-Cuban Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
When U.S. And France Were Really Enemies, Pt. 1
France is mad over alleged U.S. spying by the NSA, but they're not fighting mad. That wasn't always the case. Check out this two-part chronicle of when the U.S. and France were outright enemies.
The Ludlow Amendment
Unlike 2013, when Congress was eager to debate an American military strike against Syria, 75 years earlier Congress nearly gave away its right to debate and declare war. It never actually happened, but it came close in the days of American isolationism something called the Ludlow Amendment.
John Quincy Adams
Through a life of public and diplomatic service, John Quincy Adams was probably the United States' best secretary of state.
Kennedy, Cuba, and the Bay of Pigs
With the American-sponsored invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba, in April 1961, John F. Kennedy faced his first major foreign policy crisis.
NATO
A profile of NATO, the world's largest military alliance, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
The United States and the G-20
This article discusses why the G-20 has become more important than the G-8 as an international economic summit and what it means to the US. The topics include which countries belong to the G-20, how it differs from the G-8 and the Obama Administration's viewpoint on the increasing importance of the G-20.
Obama, Putin Set Bilateral Meeting On Trade
President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were expected to discuss trade at a bilateral meeting as part of the G20 2012 economic summit.
The US-Zimbabwean Relationship
Background on the US-Zimbabwe Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
U.S. Relations With Taiwan
A brief look at foreign relations between the U.S. and Taiwan and how those relations have effected the relationship between the U.S. and China.
Christopher Painter
Christopher Painter is the U.S. State Department's first Coordinator for Cyber Issues.
Boko Haram Kidnappings
US military and FBI personnel have joined the search for Nigeria's missing girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.
Kennedy and Khrushchev
In June 1961, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev trounced President John F. Kennedy at a meeting in Vienna, setting the stage for more U.S. foreign policy obstacles.
The U.S. and Mexico, 1821-1850
In the first half of the 19th Century, foreign relations between the U.S. and Mexico were less than friendly as Mexico faced an expansionist United States.
A Biography of Dennis Ross
A biography of Dennis Ross, National Security Advisor and Special Assistant to President Obama
Developing an Integrated Foreign Policy
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U.S. Foreign Policy Institutions
From Brookings to the United Nations, there are a number of institutions important to the creation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. Here are a number of profiles from About U.S. Foreign Policy.

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