Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the basic goals and types of foreign policy.
  • Explain the roles of Congress, the president, and the executive branch in making foreign policy.
  • Explain how global and domestic pressures shape American foreign policy.
  • Describe the strategies and instruments used to address foreign policy issues.
  • Summarize the foreign policy challenges facing the United States today.
  • Describe the tension between national security and democracy and what it means for citizens.