Category Archives: Foreign Policy Concepts

Grand Strategy Orientations

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Yes I realise I am behind in blog posts. I am in the generation that experienced the transition into technology, so I generally favour the traditional pen-on-paper learning…Unfortunately most of my reading notes are handwritten and I’ve neglected to transfer them digitally. Grand Strategy is defined as “the meta-foreign policy orientation adopted by presidential administrations regarding primary interests.” In … Continue reading Grand Strategy Orientations

Interest Groups and Political Parties

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The Power of Unelected Actors “Interest groups, or lobbies, are organisations that seek to influence government policy outcomes to their own, cartelised special concerns.” Interest groups can represent a wide range of constituencies and are key role in the United States’ democratic government. Whereas interest groups often seek domestic policies, some scholars criticise interest groups … Continue reading Interest Groups and Political Parties

The Bush Administration: Expansionism

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Trubowitz’s grand strategy theory analyses the circumstances that render a President to pursue an expansionist grand strategy. Realism describes expansionism as the rational strategy to gain security, “a state’s power relative to that of other nations increases, so will its desire to extend its political influence and control internationally–to do what it can, militarily, economically, … Continue reading The Bush Administration: Expansionism

United States Foreign Policy: The Cold War

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Photo: Prague, Czech Republic 2014 The destruction and outcome of World War II shifted the balance of powers and repositioned the United States into a major global influence.  The United States’ foreign policy decisions rested heavily on the foundation of national security. If the United States promoted their values through world engagement, the United States … Continue reading United States Foreign Policy: The Cold War