Foreign policy and the United States political system
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Examines the roles that the media, public opinion, and the U.S. Congress play in formulating American foreign policy.
For most of the United States’ history, American foreign policymakers abided by the adage that “politics stops at the water’s edge.” Yet with the politically divisive Vietnam War came a breakdown in that agreement, and in the years since the inter-party disputes inherent in domestic politics have spilled over into American foreign relations. As the struggle between Congress and the President for control over foreign policy escalated, a third powerful influence entered the mix -- the American public, whose opinion was both shaped and amplified by the power of television news. The breakdown of the division between domestic and foreign politics worried some policy makers, who feared that American foreign policy was increasingly being held hostage to domestic interests. Does the broader participation of Congress and the American public strengthen America’s hand in foreign affairs, or does it hurt the United States to have so many influences pulling in different directions? In this episode, host Peter Krogh sits down with Ambassador David Newsom, former acting Secretary of State, and Representative Lee Hamilton, former Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, to discuss the role of the American public, Congress, and domestic politics in U.S. foreign policy.
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