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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.
The Relationship of the United States with Russia
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Russia, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
What is Foreign Direct Investment?
An explanation of what foreign direct investment is and what it means to the US.
What Is Globalization?
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.
What Are Sanctions?
This article discusses what sanctions are, describes different types of sanctions, gives examples of sanctions, and explains problems sanctions can cause.
Foreign Policy Under George Washington
George Washington practiced a cautious, yet successful foreign policy.
The United States and Japan After World War II
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Timeline of U.S.-Russian Relations
A look at the US-Russian relationship from 1922 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
The US-Iranian Relationship
Background on the US-Iran Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
US Foreign Policy 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.
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.
The United States and Japan Before World War II
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 Fourteen Points
The Fourteen Points were Woodrow Wilson's ambitious plan for peace at the end of World War I.
The Relationship of the United States with China
A profile of the relationship between the United States and China, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
The Role of the Congress
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
The War Powers Act of 1973
A description of the War Powers Act of 1973, its function and intent.
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.
Foreign Policy Under Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson conducted US foreign policy that began well but ended disastrously.
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
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 India
A profile of the relationship between the United States and India, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
Foreign Policy Under John Adams
John Adams followed a cautious and paranoid 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 Relationship of the United States with...
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Germnay, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.
What Is Counterterrorism?
This is an article explaining counterterrorism
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 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.
The U.S. and Great Britain: The Special...
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The Bush Doctrine
The Bush Doctrine of US foreign policy combined elements of unilateralism with preventive warfare.
American Manifest Destiny
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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 Multilateralism?
Multilateralism refers to cooperation among several nations, usually in economic or diplomatic affairs.
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.
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.
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.
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
Who Cares?
Why should average Americans care about U.S. foreign policy, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
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.
The US-Israeli Relationship
Background on the US-Israel Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US 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.
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.
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 US-Cuban Relationship
Background on the US-Cuban Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
Brinkmanship Making Comeback?
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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 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 Role of State and Local Governments
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
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.
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?
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.
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. 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.
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.
Scenes from Djibouti
Scenes from Djibouti, Camp Lemonier, and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa
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
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.
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.-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 US-South Korean Relationship
Background on the US-South Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 6.
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.
Early U.S.-Palestinian Relations
The U.S., Israel and Palestine have a long history of rocky diplomatic relations.
The Role of the Executive Branch
Who shapes U.S. foreign policy today?, from Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
What Is Arms Control?
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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.
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
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.-Cuban Relations
A look at the US-Cuban relationship from 1898 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy
What is the Budapest Memorandum
The Budapest Memorandum figures greatly in western opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea. But what exactly is it? Find out here.
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.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The release of Robert F. Kennedy documents coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Obama's Foreign Policy Platform
Obama's foreign policy platform for the 2012 election is a reflection of his past efforts.
Khat in Djibouti
Khat is a widely used drug in Djibouti. Page 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 U.S. and Great Britain: Origins Of The...
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Democracy Promotion As Foreign Policy
A look at the U.S. policy of promoting democracy.
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.
Market in Downtown Djibouti
The market in downtown Djibouti, Djibouti. Page 19.
What is NATO Article 5?
President Obama has mentioned NATO Article 5 several times during the Ukraine Crisis. What is Article 5? Check here.
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.
Henry Kissinger, Seretary Of State For Nixon...
Henry Kissinger is one of the most reconizable, and controversial, of America's modern secretaries of state.
Classroom in Djibouti
A classroom at Elementary School #2 in the Tadjoura region of Djibouti. Page 13.
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.
Nomads Near a Desert Oasis in Djibouti
Nomads wait near a desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 11.
Fruit Seller in Djibouti
A fruit seller at Djibouti's main market. Page 21.
The US-Zimbabwean Relationship
Background on the US-Zimbabwe 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.
"Downtown" Camp Lemonier
Central area of Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 3.
A Tent Door At Camp Lemonier
Door to a tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Page 4.
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.
Sixteen Person Tent
Sixteen person tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa Page 5.
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.
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.
Donkeys at the Oasis
Donkeys drink at a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. Page 9.
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
Damaged Well in Djibouti
A damaged well in Djibouti slated for repair by a U.S. Army National Guard team. Page 10.
Ancient Trail
This ancient trail is used by animals and nomads moving from Ethiopia through Djibouti. Page 8.
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
The Franco-American Treaty, 1778
The Battles of Saratoga lead to the Franco-American Alliance of 1778, the turning point of the American Revolution
Inspecting the Well in Djibouti
U.S. military repairs a water well in Djibouti. Page 12.
FDI Between China And The United States
Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States is lower than many people think.
U.S. Vets Who Later Made Foreign Policy
Many U.S. soldiers have gone on to make U.S. foreign policy. Here are my top ten.
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.
English Discussion in Djibouti
Kristin McHugh and Malcolm Brown (center) record the English Discussion Group in Djibouti. Page 18.
China, Japan Chastise U.S. On Budget Crisis
Major U.S. creditors China and Japan lecture United States over budget and default perils.
The US-North Korean Relationship
Background on the US-North Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US 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.
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.
Basketball in Djibouti
U.S. military volunteers in Djibouti play basketball at an orphanage. Page 17.
School Lunch Room in Djibouti
The lunch room, renovated by the U.S. military, at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura, Djibouti. Page 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clausewitz On Foreign Policy
One of history's premier military theorists long ago stressed that war is an extension of 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.
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.
What Are US Interests In Ukraine
Is the US instrumental in helping solve the Ukraine crisis, or is it irrelevant?
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.
George C. Marshall, 50th U.S. Secretary of State
George C. Marshall, the 50th U.S. Secretary of State, earned a Nobel prize for his humanitarian efforts in rebuilding war-torn Europe.
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 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.
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.
John Quincy Adams
Through a life of public and diplomatic service, John Quincy Adams was probably the United States' best secretary of state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developing an Integrated Foreign Policy
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James Monroe
James Monroe is best known for the Monroe Doctrine, but he was also a U.S. secretary of state and a factor in the Louisiana Purchase.
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.
Samantha Power Is Key Obama Foreign Policy...
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U.S. Mourns Loss Of Ambassador In Benghazi Attack
An attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2012, killed American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
The Obama Doctrine
President Barack Obama does indeed have a foreign policy doctrine. It's based on multilateralism, diplomacy, and American exceptionalism.

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