FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES
As the name suggests, the foreign policy of the United States deals with the policy by which the United States interacts with foreign nations. United States has set some standards of interaction for its organizations, corporations, and individual citizens. The United States being the big boss is highly influential with its $14 trillion economy.
Since the U.S Department of State is keener on creating a secure, democratic, prosperous world for the benefit of people it has toiled in phrasing its goals of the Foreign Policy. It has to safeguard American citizens abroad without losing grip of the International commodity agreements, international education, and the American business abroad.
Reckoning the history of the United States foreign policy, one can’t ignore the American Revolution which is shift from isolationism before and after World War I. The shift from the realist school to the idealistic school in the 19th century also has its impact in the United States foreign policy.
George Washington’s farewell address catches the glimpses of the Foreign policy themes which emphasize the good faith and justice towards all nations and cultivation of peace and harmony with all countries. The expansion of the foreign trade of the United States is maintained at a pace despite occasional entanglements with European Powers.
America's victory in the two world wars in the nineteenth made a remarkable in its foreign relation. America’s reputation is increased in the world yield better results for America’s relation with other countries.
The United State is proudly being the largest international donor of the world with its aid of $22.7 billion in 2006, but when compared the percent of gross national income America’s contribution is only 0.2%, much smaller than other countries like Sweden and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has separated its non military foreign assistance in to four major categories such as humanitarian aid, multilateral economic contributions, bilateral development aid, and economic assistance supporting U.S. political and security goals. Though it has been the largest donor it is ranked 17th out of 22 countries on the commitment to Development Index.
In terms of military power the U.S government has approximately spent $4.5 billion in military aid in 2001. Pakistan has received approximately 11.5 billion in direct military aid since 9/11. U.S army had more than 700 bases in 130 different countries in 2004 says Fox News. So, United States has not left its grip in military actions.
The foreign policy of United States is influenced by its war against drugs. Most the U.S enemies have become its allies and many other have democratized. Democracy is the one national interest that helps to secure all the others; democratically governed nations are more likely to secure the peace says the big boss.