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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.
How Foreign Direct Investment Affects the Economy
An explanation of what foreign direct investment is and what it means to the US.
Obama's Foreign Policy Platform
Obama's foreign policy platform for the 2012 election is a reflection of his past efforts.
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.
What Is Counterterrorism?
This is an article explaining counterterrorism.
How the US and Japan Went From Enemies to...
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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.
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.
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.
US Stands Back In Ukraine Crisis
US stands back as EU brokers tentative deal to end violence in Ukraine.
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 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
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
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.
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.
The Bush Doctrine
The Bush Doctrine of US foreign policy combined elements of unilateralism with preventive warfare.
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
Have U.S. Presidents Abused the War Powers Act...
A description of the War Powers Act of 1973, its function and intent.
Who Cares?
Why should average Americans care about U.S. foreign policy, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
The US-Cuban Relationship
Background on the US-Cuban Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
The U.S. and Great Britain: The Special...
A look at the. 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.
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 Multilateralism?
Multilateralism refers to cooperation among several nations, usually in economic or diplomatic affairs.
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.
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 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.
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.
Obama, Bibi At Odds Over Iran Nuke Deal
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How Was US Foreign Policy Under John Adams?
John Adams followed a cautious and paranoid foreign policy.
What Was Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy Like?
Thomas Jefferson conducted US foreign policy that began well but ended disastrously.
Soft Power in U.S. Foreign Policy
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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
What is NATO Article 5?
President Obama has mentioned NATO Article 5 several times during the Ukraine Crisis. What is Article 5? Check here.
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.
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 6.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
American Manifest Destiny
While the term. US 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
The US-North Korean Relationship
Background on the US-North Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
What Is Arms Control?
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Early U.S.-Palestinian Relations
The U.S., Israel and Palestine have a long history of rocky diplomatic relations.
Democracy Promotion As Foreign Policy
A look at the U.S. policy of promoting democracy.
The Role of the Executive Branch
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.
Overview of United States Relations with France
Overview of the milestones in diplomatic relations between the United States and France.
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.
The U.S. State Department
What Is It?: The U.S. State Department is the lead government agency for developing and implementing
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.
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.
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 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.
The Relationship of the United States with...
A profile of the relationship between the United States and South Africa, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
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 Brazil
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Brazil, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
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.
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
Scenes from Djibouti
Scenes from Djibouti, Camp Lemonier, and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa
The U.S. and Great Britain: Origins Of The...
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Ancient Trail
This ancient trail is used by animals and nomads moving from Ethiopia through Djibouti. Page 8.
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.
Globalization: Good or Bad?
Is globalization a plus or a minus for the world?, from Keith Porter--your guide to U.S. Foreign Policy.
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.
Sixteen Person Tent
Sixteen person tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 5.
What Is A Doctrine?
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Who Makes U.S. Foreign Policy?
A basic look at the different people and agencies that help craft United States foreign policy.
The US-Israeli Relationship
Background on the US-Israel Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US 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.
Damaged Well in Djibouti
A damaged well in Djibouti slated for repair by a U.S. Army National Guard team. Page 10.
Denuclearization After Kim Jong Il
Is Korean denuclearization more or less likely after the death of Kim Jong Il?
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.
Donkeys at the Oasis
Donkeys drink at a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 9.
The U.S. Secretary Of State
A look at the origin of the U.S. secretary of state's job, and his traditional duties.
Neil Armstong Dies At Age 82
Neil Armstrong, who died August 25, 2012, at age 82, was both the first man on the Moon and an agent of U.S. foreign policy.
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.
School Lunch Room in Djibouti
The lunch room, renovated by the U.S. military, at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura, Djibouti. Page 15.
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.
The First Matthew Perry and Japan
Commodore Matthew Perry opens trade with Japan and sets the stage for 160 years of US-Japanese 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.
Obama, Panetta Announce "Leaner" Military
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Classroom in Djibouti
A classroom at Elementary School #2 in the Tadjoura region of Djibouti. Page 13.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outposts of Tyranny
Background on the Outposts of Tyranny, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
Market in Downtown Djibouti
The market in downtown Djibouti, Djibouti. Page 19.
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.
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.
NATO
A profile of NATO, the world's largest military alliance, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
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.
Can State and Local Governments Influence U.S....
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today? And what role can state and local governments play in supporting or changing it?
A Biography of Dennis Ross
A biography of Dennis Ross, National Security Advisor and Special Assistant to President Obama
Nomads Near a Desert Oasis in Djibouti
Nomads wait near a desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 11.
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.
Nixon Goes To China
President Richard Nixon went to China in 1972, paving the way for normalized relations between the two countries.
Basketball in Djibouti
U.S. military volunteers in Djibouti play basketball at an orphanage. Page 17.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The release of Robert F. Kennedy documents coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A Tent Door At Camp Lemonier
Door to a tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 4.
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
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.
"Downtown" Camp Lemonier
Central area of Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
English Discussion in Djibouti
Kristin McHugh and Malcolm Brown (center) record the English Discussion Group in Djibouti. Page 18.
Fruit Seller in Djibouti
A fruit seller at Djibouti's main market. Page 21.
Profile: The Council on Foreign Relations
A profile of the Council on Foreign Relations, America's most influential group devoted to U.S. foreign policy, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
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.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
This is the official portrait of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Page 5.
Inspecting the Well in Djibouti
U.S. military repairs a water well in Djibouti. Page 12.
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.
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.
Khat in Djibouti
Khat is a widely used drug in Djibouti. Page 20.
The US-Syrian Relationship
Background on the US-Syria Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Expert to US Foreign Policy.
Profile: American Enterprise Institute
A profile of the American Enterprise Institute, 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.
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.
John Quincy Adams
Through a life of public and diplomatic service, John Quincy Adams was probably the United States' best secretary of state.
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
Fidel Castro
Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy--offers a brief overview of the life of Fidel Castro.
When The U.S. And France Were Really Enemies,...
A look at at the first major altercations between the U.S. and France -- the XYZ Affair and the Quasi War.
"First Step" Deal On Iranian Nuclear Program
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Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti
Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 2.
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 United States In Vietnam
A brief look at the American policies and ideologies that plunged the U.S. into the Vietnam War.
The United States and Mexico, 1850-1920
Between 1850 and 1920, European powers tried to use Mexican enmity with the United States to gain foreign policy leverage in North America.
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 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.
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.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
A brief profile of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
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
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.
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
Map of Africa with Djibouti
Map of Africa with Djibouti. US Foreign Policy.
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
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.
Shirley Temple, Diplomat
Shirley Temple leaves behind not only a Hollywood legacy, but a diplomatic one as well.
The US-South Korean Relationship
Background on the US-South Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
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.

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