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How Foreign Direct Investment Affects the Economy
An explanation of what foreign direct investment is and what it means to the US.
What Was George Washington's Foreign Policy?
George Washington practiced a cautious, yet successful foreign policy.
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 Was Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy Like?
Thomas Jefferson conducted US foreign policy that began well but ended disastrously.
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 Was US Foreign Policy Under John Adams?
John Adams followed a cautious and paranoid 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
How the US and Japan Went From Enemies to...
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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.
What Is Counterterrorism?
This is an article explaining counterterrorism.
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
Nixon Goes To China
President Richard Nixon went to China in 1972, paving the way for normalized relations between the two countries.
The Bush Doctrine
The Bush Doctrine of US foreign policy combined elements of unilateralism with preventive warfare.
Have U.S. Presidents Abused the War Powers Act...
A description of the War Powers Act of 1973, its function and intent.
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.
Diplomatic Leverage Is Critical In Foreign Policy
In foreign policy and diplomacy, nations must negotiate from a position of power, or at least have some diplomatic leverage, for their policy initiatives to be effective.
Soft Power in U.S. Foreign Policy
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Democracy Promotion As Foreign Policy
A look at the U.S. policy of promoting democracy.
Who Cares?
Why should average Americans care about U.S. foreign policy, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. 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 Multilateralism?
Multilateralism refers to cooperation among several nations, usually in economic or diplomatic affairs.
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 U.S. and Great Britain: The Special...
A look at the. US Foreign Policy.
American Manifest Destiny
While the term. US Foreign Policy.
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.
Profile: U.S. Ambassador To China Gary Locke
A profile of Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China.
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.
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.
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.
The US-Syrian Relationship
Background on the US-Syria Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Expert to US Foreign Policy.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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...
Different waves of German immigration to the U.S. resulted in German immigrants becoming one of the largest ethnic groups in the US.
The Franco-American Treaty, 1778
The Battles of Saratoga lead to the Franco-American Alliance of 1778, the turning point of the American Revolution
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The release of Robert F. Kennedy documents coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Globalization: Good or Bad?
Is globalization a plus or a minus for the world?, from Keith Porter--your guide to U.S. Foreign Policy.
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.
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 6.
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.
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.
What Is Arms Control?
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US Enters Search For Abducted Nigerian Girls
The US joins the search for girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
John Quincy Adams
Through a life of public and diplomatic service, John Quincy Adams was probably the United States' best secretary of state.
Scenes from Djibouti
Scenes from Djibouti, Camp Lemonier, and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa
Obama, Bibi At Odds Over Iran Nuke Deal
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Early U.S.-Palestinian Relations
The U.S., Israel and Palestine have a long history of rocky diplomatic relations.
Obama's Foreign Policy Platform
Obama's foreign policy platform for the 2012 election is a reflection of his past efforts.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Market in Downtown Djibouti
The market in downtown Djibouti, Djibouti. Page 19.
The Reagan Doctrine, Pt. 2
National Security Decision Directive 75 was the lynchpin of Ronald Reagan's policy to rollback the Soviet Union.
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.
Damaged Well in Djibouti
A damaged well in Djibouti slated for repair by a U.S. Army National Guard team. Page 10.
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.
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
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
Ancient Trail
This ancient trail is used by animals and nomads moving from Ethiopia through Djibouti. Page 8.
NATO
A profile of NATO, the world's largest military alliance, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
What is NATO Article 5?
President Obama has mentioned NATO Article 5 several times during the Ukraine Crisis. What is Article 5? Check here.
The US-Israeli Relationship
Background on the US-Israel Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
Nomads Near a Desert Oasis in Djibouti
Nomads wait near a desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 11.
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.
Donkeys at the Oasis
Donkeys drink at a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 9.
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.
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.
China, Japan Chastise U.S. On Budget Crisis
Major U.S. creditors China and Japan lecture United States over budget and default perils.
Classroom in Djibouti
A classroom at Elementary School #2 in the Tadjoura region of Djibouti. Page 13.
Khat in Djibouti
Khat is a widely used drug in Djibouti. Page 20.
Inspecting the Well in Djibouti
U.S. military repairs a water well in Djibouti. Page 12.
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.
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.
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 United States In Vietnam
A brief look at the American policies and ideologies that plunged the U.S. into the Vietnam War.
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.
US Foreign Policy: Early Federal Period
The First Epoch of American Foreign Policy -- the isolationist Early Federal Period.
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.
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.
Sixteen Person Tent
Sixteen person tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 5.
US Stands Back In Ukraine Crisis
US stands back as EU brokers tentative deal to end violence in Ukraine.
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.
Basketball in Djibouti
U.S. military volunteers in Djibouti play basketball at an orphanage. Page 17.
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
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.
A Tent Door At Camp Lemonier
Door to a tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 4.
North Korea Threatens To Engulf Washington in...
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English Discussion in Djibouti
Kristin McHugh and Malcolm Brown (center) record the English Discussion Group in Djibouti. Page 18.
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.
Lincoln's Secretary of State
William H. Seward was Secretary of State to both Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. While he is most famous for brokering America's purchase of Alaska, he also effectively kept Europe out of the U.S. Civil War.
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 US-South Korean Relationship
Background on the US-South Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
The U.S. and Great Britain: Origins Of The...
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Ukraine Crisis Hits ISS
Ukraine crisis hits ISS as Russia reacts to US sanctions.
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.
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.
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.
Map of Africa with Djibouti
Map of Africa with Djibouti. US Foreign Policy.
The Role of the Executive Branch
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
"Downtown" Camp Lemonier
Central area of Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 3.
US Troops Go To Chad
Obama sends US troops to Chad searching for kidnapped girls, a move totally in line with his administration's foreign policy.
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.
Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti
Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 2.
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.
FDI Between China And The United States
Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States is lower than many people think.
Epic Epochs Of US Foreign Policy, Part One
The first epoch of US foreign policy -- the Early Federal period.
The US-Cuban Relationship
Background on the US-Cuban Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
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.
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.
Developing an Integrated Foreign Policy
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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.
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
U.S. State Department 2013 Budget Proposal
An overview of the United States State Department allocation in the Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget.
Fruit Seller in Djibouti
A fruit seller at Djibouti's main market. Page 21.
Obama and Putin Will Not Meet
Obama and Putin will not hold a bilateral meeting during the G20 summit in September. Obama cancelled the meeting over Russia's giving asylum to Edward Snowden, the man who allegedly leaked secrets of the National Security Agency.
Obama, Panetta Announce "Leaner" Military
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Staying Tough In China's Backyard
In his April 2014 Asia-Pacific trip, US President Barack Obama reaffirmed America's mutual defense obligations with Japan, including backing its claims to the Senkaku Islands against China.
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.
Russia Hits Back With ISS Sanctions
International Space Station becomes pawn in Ukraine Crisis.
Epic Epochs Of US Foreign Policy: Part Three
The US becomes a global power in the third epoch of American foreign policy.
A Biography of Dennis Ross
A biography of Dennis Ross, National Security Advisor and Special Assistant to President Obama
Obama Reinforces Policy In Chad
Obama's Chad mission matches his vision of foreign policy.
US-Russian Cooperation: Lend-Lease
The Lend-Lease program of WWII marked the first time the US and Soviet Union effectively cooperated to achieve a common goal.
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.
Military Advisers: Rehabbing An Image
Under Obama, US military advisers are getting a reprieve from the specter of Vietnam.
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.
Not Your Grandfather's Military Advisers
African missions rehabilitate notion of military advisers.

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