Foreign Policy and National
“A successful foreign policy in a
Nation where informed citizens have
a free vote must be based on a public
Rep. Millicent Fenwick (1975)
Foreign Affairs and National
A refusal to become involved in the
affairs of the rest of the world.
What has led from the to the U.S.
position of Isolationism to
Should the United States be the
As the world’s wealthiest Such a policy is expensive,
Nation we have a responsibility imperialistic and unfair to
to send humanitarian and the American people.
military aid any where in
the world where people live
in poverty or suffer under an
authoritarian government, or
face some other great hard
What do you think?
A group of policies made up of all the stand and actions a
nation takes in every aspect of its relationship with other
Everything a Nation’s government says and does in world
diplomatic commercial economic aid
treaties immigration import/export economic sanctions
medicine fishing rights military aid disarmament negotiations
alliances oil technology international trade
Cultural exchange programs weapon’s testing
An official representative of the
United States appointed by the
President to represent the nation in
matters of diplomacy.
Issued by the government for
citizens who travel of live abroad
Privileges accorded by international
customs and treaties
An ambassador is not subject to the
laws of the state to which they are
Department of Defense
Est. in the National Security Act of 1947.
Succeeded the War and Navy
Created to unify the Nation’s armed forces
Made up of more than 1.4 mission
uniformed service and 700,000 civilians
Department of Defense
and Defense Agencies
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
Created in 1974, under the National
Three main tasks:
To coordinate information gathering
activities of all State, Defense, and
other Federal Agencies
To analyze and evaluate all data
collected by those agencies
To brief the President and the National
Security Council of all intelligence
The need for an intelligence gathering service to alert the American people to the threat of terrorism
is vital. However, for a number of years stories in the media about problems at the CIA have
undermine confidence in that institution.
What is the implication about the ability of the CIA to gather intelligence?
Do you believe that a government agency should spy on its own citizens?
1940 Selective Service and Training Act
before U.S. entered WWII
Selective Service Act of 1948
men were drafted
Vietnam called for end to the draft
1973 selective service suspended
draft remains in the books.
all males between 18 ½ and 26 have
a military obligation and must register
with selective service at age 18.