America’s Emergence as a Global Power

Authored by: Robert J. Pauly

The Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754648628
eBook ISBN: 9781315613727
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041177


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When any state is founded, its leadership is charged with a range of responsibilities, including, most significantly, providing for the security of its citizens. These security interests encompass economic prosperity, political stability and freedom from threats both within and outside of its borders. As is true of any country, the need for such security was evident in the United States when it was formally established in 1788. On the heels of its victory in the American War for Independence, the United States faced both internal and external challenges that had a significant impact on the development of the foreign policy-making process from within, as well as the implementation of those policies to further the nascent state’s interests and mitigate the extent of the threats it faced abroad.

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