Making American foreign policy
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Examines the forces influencing the creation of U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War world.
Throughout the later half of the 20th century, American foreign policy was guided by a single overarching purpose: the defeat of communism. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, communism quickly faded from the world stage, and in the ensuing years the driving goals and mechanisms of U.S. foreign policy changed considerably. In addition to facing a new breed of threats abroad, American foreign policy was also presented with new challenges at home. In Washington, a highly partisan Congress increasingly legislated foreign policies along party lines, as treaties and appointments fell victim to ideological quarreling. Meanwhile, public attention cast a new light on the ethnic and special interest groups, both domestic and foreign, campaigning to influence American foreign policy. Faced with an assortment of influences and ideologies, is it still possible for American policymakers to discern and pursue the national interest, or has American foreign policy fallen hostage to partisan and special interests? In this episode of Great Decisions, host Peter Krogh sits down with Anthony Lake, veteran diplomat and policymaker, to discuss the forces shaping U.S. foreign policy.
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The Kentucky NetworkGeorgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association
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