Introduction

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

10.4324/9781315613727.intro

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Abstract

At some point in their existence, typically soon after their very establishment, all states interacting in the international system throughout the history of the world have had to formulate and implement foreign policies. Such policies are designed as a means for a state to pursue its interests in a variety of issue areas, ranging from economics and politics to culture, justice and security. This has been the case for states in geographic regions across the globe, with disparate cultural traditions, economic and political conditions and security challenges that require a response. It was true when the city-states of Athens and Sparta competed for control over the classical Greek civilization and remains accurate in the contemporary international system in which American policy makers design strategies to further US interests every day.

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