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 Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the resurgence of Trump, and the Israel-Hamas war, Biden had devoted his foreign policy to the idea that the challenge posed by Xi’s autocratic rule in China was a generational threat to the United States. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Posters used it to critique US foreign policy and have claimed that the letter changed their perspective. WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, in yet another foreign policy test for Biden. Mark Murray, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 As Hanke points out, sanctions now stand as a prime weapon of U.S. foreign policy. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press The third Republican presidential debate Wednesday night was useful in many ways, and especially in revealing the emerging GOP fault line on foreign policy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023 But in Congress, only one side holds majority sway among those who control the funding of American foreign policy. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 International foreign policy has resulted in multiple spots of chaos from Israel to Ukraine to China is his foreign policy weakness again, has resulted in bad adversaries being funded like Iran. ABC News, 5 Nov. 2023 So Much Donald Trump is making his position on this foreign policy issue crystal clear. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foreign policy was in 1804

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“Foreign policy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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