foreign policy

noun

Definition of foreign policy

: the policy of a sovereign state in its interaction with other sovereign states

Examples of foreign policy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His insistence on zero COVID, erratic attitude toward the private sector, and hostile foreign policy are combining to sap the economy’s vitality, depress investor sentiment, alienate more countries, and isolate the Chinese from the world. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 21 June 2022 And Biden is about to sacrifice long-term U.S. foreign policy aims for a temporary respite from high consumer gasoline prices. Dan Eberhart, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Ironically, the growing threat to democracy in the United States is occurring at a moment when US foreign policy has accomplished an extraordinary, historic feat; one that among other things serves to fortify democracy around the world. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 19 May 2022 His cousin and mayor of the northern Philippines city of Laoag, Michael Marcos Keon, described Mr. Marcos as sensible, though sometimes indecisive, and said a Marcos presidency’s foreign policy would seek balance. Feliz Solomon, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Alex didn’t mind, though; foreign policy is his thing. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Nile Gardiner, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, told Fox News Digital that British foreign policy has been more focused in the post-Brexit era. Ben Evansky, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2022 China’s foreign policy is under scrutiny, after some Chinese scholars posted essays criticizing Beijing’s refusal to condemn Mr. Putin. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 This pattern of extreme partisanship suggests that a bipartisan foreign policy is simply impossible any longer. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foreign policy

1804, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2022

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“Foreign policy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign%20policy. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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