Foreign Policy, Reformed, And The United States

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Stefan Danilov Pol S 321 B Professor Robin Datta Response Paper 1, Prompt 1 October 18, 2015 Foreign Policy, Reformed Looking back at the history of the United States, we find ourselves in the midst of a revelation. The country of grandiose influence and excessive wealth, that we have come to know during our lifetimes, actually had quite humble beginnings. At a time when most of us are used to having most countries come to the US to inquire for help and assistance, we may not be all too aware that our own country was once asking for assistance as well. Yes, the US and our people, were once greatly dependent upon investors from the other side of the world. Our land, railroads, canals, and countless other projects were once financed and…show more content…
The notion that we do not need foreign policy, or that it is an antiquated concept is greatly misleading. In fact, we need a strong foreign policy now more than ever. We are living at a time when the world’s geographical divides are shrinking due to ever increasing advancements in communication, technology, trade, and a strong global economic interdependence. Even though the notion that we are somehow economically dependent upon other countries is not something new for the US, we still see a strong indifference to foreign policy. In order to understand the problems, let us take a step back and examine the history of US foreign policy. For the most of the twentieth century we have defined our foreign policy in regards to our competition with the Soviet Union up until the end of the Cold War. Even though we never directly went to war with the Soviet Union, we were still engaged in a race to the top. However, once the Soviet Union collapsed, we saw a drastic change and a shifting away from foreign policy towards domestic policy. It was not until 9/11 that we have started to focus our attention back again towards foreign policy. In other instances, throughout the history of the US, we have always been dependent upon other nations. Mead and Kaufman gives us thorough history lessons on our economic interdependence or even co-dependence with other nations during our formative years as a nation. We would not be the nation that we are today if it was not
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