foreign policy


Definition of foreign policy

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

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Iran had no interest in putting those elements, which are key parts of its foreign policy, on the table in negotiations. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why some Democrats criticized Obama’s Iran nuclear deal," 27 June 2019 Trump has made isolating Iran a cornerstone of his Middle East foreign policy. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump talks tough to adversaries - but doesn't always follow through," 21 June 2019 His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has outlined a set of demands that ask Iran not just to limit its nuclear work but realign its entire foreign policy. The Economist, "Donald Trump orders air strikes on Iran—then cancels them," 21 June 2019 And Trump would end the elite consensus on foreign policy that had mired young men and women from those forsaken places in faraway Forever Wars that represented the height of elite hubris and folly. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: Trump’s Iran reversal exposes one of his most dangerous lies," 21 June 2019 The democratic island of 23 million people runs its own political, economic, foreign policy and judicial system. Steven Jiang, CNN, "94 Taiwanese criminal suspects extradited from Spain to Beijing," 7 June 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg rolled out his foreign policy and national security vision to a packed auditorium Tuesday at Indiana University. Indianapolis Star, "Hogsett's home fix gets IndyStar scrutiny, and Buttigieg delivers foreign policy speech," 12 June 2019 His first career, in foreign policy, was defined by discovering the gap between the neoconservative dream of bringing democracy and human rights to the Middle East and the messy reality on the ground. The Economist, "Rory Stewart, odd man out," 7 June 2019 If Russia had returned as a foreign policy menace, the Middle East created some new threats. Anne Applebaum, The New York Review of Books, "The Lure of Western Europe," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of foreign policy

1804, in the meaning defined above

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