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 But then Twitter became a vehicle for determining foreign policy and waging political and culture wars. Erica Brown, The Atlantic, "Tweeting the Talmud," 3 Jan. 2020 The ruling is a rare win by a company against the U.S. government’s sanctions enforcer, which has broad authority to enforce U.S. foreign policy. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Exxon Wins Rare Reprieve From U.S. Sanctions Fine," 2 Jan. 2020 But the tale of behind-the-scenes talks with Maduro offers another example in which the president's personal attorney aligned with private interests to try to sway U.S. foreign policy. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro," 29 Dec. 2019 But the tale of behind-the-scenes talks with Maduro offers another example in which the president’s personal attorney aligned with private interests to try to sway U.S. foreign policy. Washington Post, "Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro," 29 Dec. 2019 Trump has long touted his outreach to Pyongyang -- and his personal ties to Kim -- as one of his key foreign policy triumphs. Arkansas Online, "On N. Korea's talk of 'gift,' Trump says U.S. to 'deal with it'," 25 Dec. 2019 Mr Trump’s government says that for sanctions to be lifted, Venezuela’s president must step down, while Iran must transform its foreign policy. The Economist, "Donald Trump has shown a surprising enthusiasm for sanctions," 28 Nov. 2019 Frosty personal relations plagued Obama and Netanyahu, beginning with Obama’s first major foreign policy address to the Arab world in Cairo in 2009. Monti Datta, Quartz, "Three countries where Donald Trump is popular," 1 Oct. 2019 Is American foreign policy causing more harm than good? Joshua Pease, Popular Mechanics, "How You've Been Conditioned to Love Conspiracy Theories," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of foreign policy

1804, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreign policy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign%20policy. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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