foreign policy


Definition of foreign policy

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

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Though aligned, the two nations are not formal allies and do not always see eye to eye on foreign policy. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 During her time in Congress, Gabbard has supported anti-interventionist foreign policy positions, CNN reports. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Tulsi Gabbard? Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Candidate," 12 Jan. 2019 His anger was revealing of his operating method as President, his attitude towards America's traditional foreign policy positions and his skill in using theatrical moments on the world stage to send a strong message to his loyal voters back home. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The West is in crisis, despite Trump's glowing assessment," 9 June 2018 His dangerous rhetoric on North Korea; His decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord and dismissal of climate science; His reckless and dangerous foreign policy positions. Doug Donovan,, "Democratic National Committee 'survey' seeks donations, opinions to battle President Trump," 22 May 2018 Pompeo opponents have pointed to his hawkish foreign policy positions and comments about minorities, particularly Muslims and gay people. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Intense manhunt in Waffle House shooting; Trump to play hardball with North Korea," 23 Apr. 2018 There are a lot of unresolved tension points in the Democratic Party on foreign policy, particularly when taking a bold new stance may cause hiccups on other domestic priorities. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The bizarre story of Democrats helping Republicans stall action on Yemen," 15 Dec. 2018 Now, as Russia fields a new generation of armored vehicles to go along with an aggressive foreign policy, the future battlefield again shifts back to heavy mechanized adversaries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next 'Tank' Could Look Like Anything," 11 Oct. 2018 In similar fashion, Sanders has yet to put forward a coherent leftist vision for foreign policy, a needless failure considering socialism’s historical commitment to the prosperity of working people around the world. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Is Not the Left," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of foreign policy

1804, in the meaning defined above

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