Background of American Foreign Policy

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Background of American Foreign Policy Actions taken by the United States to promote its national interests, security, and well- being in the world come under the heading of  foreign policy.   These actions may include  measures that support a competitive economy, provide for a strong defense of the  nation's borders, and encourage the ideas of peace, freedom, and democracy at home  and abroad. Foreign policy may contain inherent contradictions. For example, an  aggressive foreign policy with a country whose activities have been perceived as  threatening to U.S. security could result in a confrontation, which might undermine  freedom and democracy at home. Foreign policy is never static; it must respond to and  initiate actions as circumstances change.  In his farewell address, George Washington warned the United States to steer clear of 
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Unformatted text preview: foreign entanglements. From the conclusion of the War of 1812 to the Spanish-American War (1898), this advice was largely followed. American foreign policy was isolationist; that is, U.S. leaders saw little reason to get involved in world affairs, particularly outside the Western Hemisphere. The Monroe Doctrine (1823) stated that the United States would not interfere in European affairs and it would oppose any European attempt to colonize the Americas. The second part of the doctrine was effectively enforced because it reflected British desires as well. American energies were applied to settling the continent under the banner of manifest destiny....
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