Since the 1900s most U.S. presidents have explained their foreign policy goals and interests through the use of a presidential, foreign policy doctrine. From Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality to the Bush doctrine of military preemption, presidents have introduced foreign policy doctrines to best serve U.S. interests abroad.
Many foreign policy doctrines such as the Monroe, Truman, and Bush doctrines dictated wholesale diplomatic and military actions. In contrast to Truman’s doctrine of Cold War ‘containment’ the Bush doctrine stated that the United States will actively intervene overseas in order to safeguard American interests. U.S. military actions in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia demonstrate this new resolve.
Directions: Select one U.S. presidential, foreign policy doctrine.
- Provide a brief summary of the foreign policy doctrine.
- Explain the historical circumstances that produced the military doctrine.
- Provide a specific example when the military doctrine was utilized.
- Analyze the short term and long term result of this specific example.
- Evaluate the foreign policy doctrine in terms of U.S. self-interest and America’s international reputation.
*Although you may pick any modern, presidential foreign policy doctrine relevant to this discussion – here are some notable, presidential foreign policy doctrines: