Foreign policy


Foreign policy

A country's foreign policy also called the international relations policy is a set of goals outlining how the country will interact with other countries economically, politically, socially and military, and to a lesser extent, how the country will interact with non-state actors. The aforementioned interaction is evaluated and monitored in attempts to maximize benefits of multilateral international cooperation. Foreign policies are designed to help protect a country's national interests, national security, ideological goals, and economic prosperity. This can occur as a result of peaceful cooperation with other nations, or through exploitation.

Usually, creating foreign policy is the job of the head of government and the foreign minister (or equivalent). In some countries the legislature also has considerable oversight. As an exception, in France and Finland, it is the head of state who is responsible for foreign policy, while the head of government mainly deals with internal policy. In the United States, the head of state (the President) also functions as the head of government.

International relations theory

The sub-discipline that specializes in the study of foreign relations is known as foreign policy analysis (FPA).

ee also

* Foreign affairs
* Foreign minister
* Ambassador
* International relations
* Policy
* Foreign policy doctrine

Individual leaders

* Foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration
* Foreign policy of Hugo Chávez
* Foreign policy of the Clinton Administration
* Foreign policy of the Reagan administration
* Foreign policy of the Harper government
* Foreign policy of François Mitterrand
* Foreign policy of Olusegun Obasanjo

External links

* [http://www.fpa.org Foreign Policy Association]
* [http://www.ia-forum.org International Affairs Forum]
* [http://www.ericdigests.org/1994/war.htm Teaching Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era]
* [http://www.ncafp.org/ The National Committee on American Foreign Policy]
* [http://www.brookings.edu/fp/fp_hp.htm Foreign Policy Studies @ The Brookings Institution]
* [http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com World Politics Review: A Foreign Policy and National Security Daily]


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