Explore the critical debates behind foreign policy strategy.

How Do Governments Approach Foreign Policy?

In this educational video, explore three fundamental questions that shape a country’s relationship with the world through foreign policy.

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Idealism Versus Realism

What is idealism? What is realism? In this free resource, explore two schools of thought on a country’s foreign policy priorities.

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Isolationism Versus Engagement

What is isolationism? What is engagement? In this free resource on foreign policy, explore why some leaders view the outside world as a threat and others view it as an opportunity.

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Unilateralism Versus Multilateralism

What is unilateralism? What is multilateralism? In this free resource on foreign policy, explore why leaders address some challenges independently and others as part of a team.

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How Did the United States Approach the Tiananmen Square Crackdown?

In this educational video, learn how idealism and realism shaped U.S. foreign policy following the Chinese government’s massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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Approaches to Foreign Policy Module Assessment

Questions to check your understanding.

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