foreign policy


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 Like Bush, McCain had very different views on foreign policy and immigration than Trump. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The GOP's civil war over Trump," 11 Feb. 2021 Tackling the climate crisis at home and abroad Biden signed an order putting the climate crisis at the center of US foreign policy and national security. Shannon Larson,, "A look at each of President Biden’s executive orders," 5 Feb. 2021 At times, the result can be a clash between foreign policy and personal interest. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Blow Up the Donor-to-Ambassador Pipeline," 2 Feb. 2021 Most recently, Burns was president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think tank with a focus on foreign policy and international affairs. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "'He has the experience and skill': Biden picks former career diplomat William Burns for CIA director," 11 Jan. 2021 And, on British insistence, foreign policy and defence are ignored. The Economist, "Foreign policy after Brexit Britain has lost the EU. Can it find a role?," 30 Dec. 2020 For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who this year had drawn attention at home and abroad with an aggressive foreign policy and military interventions, things suddenly came to a head in November. New York Times, "Battered Turkish Economy Puts a Powerful Erdogan to the Test," 27 Dec. 2020 This means that for the first time there will be a dedicated seat for climate change among the top tier of national leaders who make foreign policy and national security decisions. Andrew Steer, Fortune, "Biden will bring back climate diplomacy, and the planet will benefit," 10 Dec. 2020 Whether this was a reflection of genuine disagreements over foreign policy and trade or a cynical calculation that opposition would be more rewarding than control of the White House, the result was the same. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The Donald goes down to Georgia," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of foreign policy

1804, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2021

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“Foreign policy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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