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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.
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 Foreign Direct Investment Affects the Economy
An explanation of what foreign direct investment is and what it means to the US.
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.
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.
Who Cares?
Why should average Americans care about U.S. foreign policy, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
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.
Early U.S.-Palestinian Relations
The U.S., Israel and Palestine have a long history of rocky diplomatic relations.
How the US and Japan Went from Enemies to...
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The US-Israeli Relationship
Background on the US-Israel Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US 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.
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.
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 George Washington's Foreign Policy?
George Washington practiced a cautious, yet successful 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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The U.S. and Great Britain: The Special...
A look at the. US Foreign Policy.
The Bush Doctrine
The Bush Doctrine of US foreign policy combined elements of unilateralism with preventive warfare.
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
Al Jazeera Comes to America...
The English version of Al Jazeera is set to launch in November 2006. Whether or not the channel is avaialble in America, the expansion will re-ignite the controversy over Al Jazeera's true intentions. Keith Porter, your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy, explains.
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.
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.
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.
The US-Cuban Relationship
Background on the US-Cuban Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
What Is Multilateralism?
Multilateralism refers to cooperation among several nations, usually in economic or diplomatic affairs.
What Was Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy Like?
Thomas Jefferson conducted US foreign policy that began well but ended disastrously.
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
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.
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.
Scenes from Djibouti
Scenes from Djibouti, Camp Lemonier, and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa
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.
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.
U.S. Sends More Aid To Syrian Rebels
Secretary of State John Kerry announced February 28, 2013, that the U.S. is allocating another $60 million in non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition forces fighting Bashar Al-Assad's regime.
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.
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.
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 6.
American Manifest Destiny
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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.
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.
US Congress Blocks Aid To Palestine
The United States Congress as frozen aid to Palestine.
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.
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.
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.
Soft Power in U.S. Foreign Policy
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The US-Syrian Relationship
Background on the US-Syria Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Expert to US Foreign Policy.
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.
NATO
A profile of NATO, the world's largest military alliance, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
World Hot Spots
America's interests - and reach - are global. Therefore, a crisis anywhere on the planet has a good chance of being on the agenda at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon as well. Here are the top hot spots consuming U.S. foreign policy efforts today.
Globalization: Good or Bad?
Is globalization a plus or a minus for the world?, from Keith Porter--your guide to U.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.
How Was US Foreign Policy Under John Adams?
John Adams followed a cautious and paranoid foreign policy.
Why No U.S. Intervention In Syria?
The United States led the NATO intervention in Libya, but don't expect it to do so in Syria. The reasons are many and varied.
Obama's Foreign Policy Platform
Obama's foreign policy platform for the 2012 election is a reflection of his past efforts.
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?
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
The US-South Korean Relationship
Background on the US-South Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US 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.
What is NATO Article 5?
President Obama has mentioned NATO Article 5 several times during the Ukraine Crisis. What is Article 5? Check here.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What Is Arms Control?
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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
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.
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.
Obama, Bibi At Odds Over Iran Nuke Deal
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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.
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.
U.N. Declares Famine in Somalia
On July 20, 2011, the United Nations declared a famine in drought-stricken Somalia. The United States immediately raised its allocation of foreign aid to help starving Somalis.
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
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.
What Are US Interests In Ukraine
Is the US instrumental in helping solve the Ukraine crisis, or is it irrelevant?
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.
Ancient Trail
This ancient trail is used by animals and nomads moving from Ethiopia through Djibouti. Page 8.
US Stands Back In Ukraine Crisis
US stands back as EU brokers tentative deal to end violence in Ukraine.
Timeline of U.S.-Cuban Relations
A look at the US-Cuban relationship from 1898 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
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.
China, Japan Chastise U.S. On Budget Crisis
Major U.S. creditors China and Japan lecture United States over budget and default perils.
Ukraine: Back To The Brink?
U.S., UN, and NATO officials fear that an escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine might herald more Russian intervention.
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.
Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador?
President Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy to be U.S. Ambassador to Japan. She has no professional diplomatic experience, but she has a wealth of other assets.
Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker
James A. Baker was the 61st U.S. Secretary of State. Learn more about his background, education and experience, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
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
Nomads Near a Desert Oasis in Djibouti
Nomads wait near a desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 11.
Washington D.C. Hurricane of 1814
A hurricane that hit Wasghington D.C. in 1814 drove away British troops that had occupied the capital, helping set the United States on its path to becoming a diplomatic power.
Damaged Well in Djibouti
A damaged well in Djibouti slated for repair by a U.S. Army National Guard team. Page 10.
What Is A Doctrine?
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A Biography of Dennis Ross
A biography of Dennis Ross, National Security Advisor and Special Assistant to President Obama
Donkeys at the Oasis
Donkeys drink at a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 9.
Inspecting the Well in Djibouti
U.S. military repairs a water well in Djibouti. Page 12.
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.
Sixteen Person Tent
Sixteen person tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 5.
The U.N. and Syria
Kofi Annan declares that U.N. plan for peace in Syria is not working, and he blames Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad for its failure. Still, he has not given up on a peace plan for Syria.
Henry Kissinger, Seretary Of State For Nixon...
Henry Kissinger is one of the most reconizable, and controversial, of America's modern secretaries of state.
Who Is Ban Ki Moon?
Who is the new United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon? Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy - offers this short bio.
Market in Downtown Djibouti
The market in downtown Djibouti, Djibouti. Page 19.
U.S. and Russia, Civil War Allies?
One hundred and fifty years before the 2014 Ukraine/Crimea Crisis, a strange event occurred in which the Russian navy gave the United States diplomatic leverage during its Civil War.
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.
"Downtown" Camp Lemonier
Central area of Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 3.
U.N. Warns Of Growing Syrian Humanitarian Crisis
As the United Nations warned of a growing humanitarian crisis resulting from the Syrian civil war, the United States announced it was raising its humanitarian relief commitment by $34 million.
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.
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.
Citizens Groups Making a Difference in U.S....
A number of citizens groups are out there making a difference in U.S. Foreign Policy. Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy--explains.
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.
Resetting the US-Russia Relationship
George W. Bush increasingly found his foreign policy at odds with Russian policies. President Obama is trying to connect with President Medvedev on matters of policy as well as at a personal level. Both sides are interested in building a new relationship between the United States and Russia.
U.S. Interest In The Strait of Hormuz
Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz points out the strategic value of many straits to U.S. foreign policy.
1980s Battle Over Apartheid Sanctions
The Reagan administration didn't necessarily like apartheid in the 1980s, but it was comfortable with it. Its foreign policy with South Africa reflected that.
Who Makes U.S. Foreign Policy?
A basic look at the different people and agencies that help craft United States foreign policy.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
A A brief profile of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
The Role of the Executive Branch
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
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.
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.
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.
A Tent Door At Camp Lemonier
Door to a tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 4.
Kennedy And Vietnam
John F. Kennedy made a series of cautious decisions in Vietnam that set the stage for the longest, most divisive war in American history.
Obama, Panetta Announce "Leaner" Military
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Clausewitz On Foreign Policy
One of history's premier military theorists long ago stressed that war is an extension of foreign policy.
Map of Africa with Djibouti
Map of Africa with Djibouti. US Foreign Policy.
What To Give The Royal Baby?
What do you get the newborn who has everything? Well, who knows -- but it better be good, because if he's the future king of England the gift might have long-term foreign policy implications.
Classroom in Djibouti
A classroom at Elementary School #2 in the Tadjoura region of Djibouti. Page 13.
Book Review: I Didn't Do It for You
A New York Times article recently included this line: "Eritrea has not been in the news lately. That
The U.S. and Great Britain: Origins Of The...
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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
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.
The Reagan Doctrine, Pt. 2
National Security Decision Directive 75 was the lynchpin of Ronald Reagan's policy to rollback the Soviet Union.
Profile: The RAND Corporation
A profile of the RAND Corporation, one of America's oldest foreign policy think tanks, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
U.S. Recognizes Syrian Opposition Council
U.S. recognizes Syrian Opposition Council as legitimate Syrian government.
The United States In Vietnam
A brief look at the American policies and ideologies that plunged the U.S. into the Vietnam War.
Clinton, U.S. Role In Gaza Ceasefire
As a ceasefire began November 21, 2012, in the eight-day-old Israel-Hamas conflict over Gaza, it became evident that Arab Spring had not eradicated U.S. influence in the area.
John Quincy Adams
Through a life of public and diplomatic service, John Quincy Adams was probably the United States' best secretary of state.
Ukraine Crisis Hits ISS
Ukraine crisis hits ISS as Russia reacts to US sanctions.
Libyan No-Fly Zone Highlights Strained...
The Libyan no-fly zone once again highlights a history of strained relations between the North African country and the United States.
Basketball in Djibouti
U.S. military volunteers in Djibouti play basketball at an orphanage. Page 17.
U.S. Foreign Policy People
An index of foreign policy people on the About U.S. Foreign Policy site.
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.
US Foreign Policy: Imperialism
After early concentration on domestic issues, the United States embarked on an abortive attempt at imperialism.
School Lunch Room in Djibouti
The lunch room, renovated by the U.S. military, at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura, Djibouti. Page 15.

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