foreign policy


Definition of foreign policy 

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

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In meeting with May and Queen Elizabeth II, the leaders are expected to discuss foreign policy and talk over tea. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018 The fantasies now dominate foreign policy as never before. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 Eighteen months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the nature of his foreign policy continues to elude most observers. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "How Trump Plans to Change the World," 9 July 2018 Ronald Reagan wins the 1984 presidential election, which, okay, throws a bit of a wrench into our own dreams of Diana 4 Prez, but could certainly introduce the conservative foreign policy that contextualizes the era's nuclear arms race., "Wonder Woman 2 Will Be Set In 1984 — The Year Everything Happened," 2 June 2018 European leaders had already taken into account the disrupter Trump, said Tomas Valasek, the director of Carnegie Europe, a foreign policy think tank. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Amid the Trumpian Chaos, Europe Sees a Strategy: Divide and Conquer," 13 July 2018 Trump's foreign policy, Kasich said, has made people concerned about the reliability of America as an ally. Marilyn Icsman,, "John Kasich slams Trump policies: 'That's not my country'," 12 July 2018 Despite occasional blazing rows, foreign policy was until recently fairly bipartisan. The Economist, "The Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki," 5 July 2018 During his two-day stay, Mattis met with Xi, Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe, and senior foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Defense Secretary Mattis's Visit to China Touted as Successful on Both Sides," 28 June 2018

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1804, in the meaning defined above

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