The History of the American Foreign Policy
The view of foreign policy in the reign of George Washington and the current government slightly differ. However, all the presidents of the United States share one common belief that other countries should be dependent on the US leadership. The factors that have significantly influenced the institution of the foreign policy include national superiority, racial and economic interests, as well as the strategic concerns. The United States’ diplomats thought of isolating themselves from political wrangles with the European powers, and be neutral in matters of war. President George Washington expected the foreign policy to have observed the good faith of all nations in bringing peace and harmony. Nevertheless, after the Second World War, many presidents have expressed the key goals and attitudes within their doctrines.
Until the attack on the US shipping that led to the First Barbary War, the US foreign policies under their leadership asserted that the nations would meet their best interest if they do not collaborate with other countries (De Coninck 488). During the political power wrangles with the European powers, the U.S foreign policy was expanded through the international trade with other political allies. The United States up to date remains stable though faced with the economic decline due to the competitive rivals, such as Russia, India, Brazil, European Union as well as China. However, the leading countries do have similar interests towards gaining economic stability, trade, and terrorism prevention. An average growth for both countries would enhance development and prosperity. President Barack Obama supports the same strategy where he states that whenever the U.S stresses common goals that benefit multinational, it shall have the dominant power. It is therefore true that the success of the U.S foreign policy in the future greatly depends on the policy-maker to adapt to the changing geopolitical environment regarding diplomatic and economic powers to meet the global agenda.
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