Explore the critical debates behind foreign policy strategy.

How Do Governments Approach Foreign Policy?

Explore three fundamental questions that shape a country’s relationship with the world.

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Idealism Versus Realism

What should be a country’s foreign policy priorities?

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Isolationism Versus Engagement

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

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?

Learn how idealism and realism shaped U.S. foreign policy following China’s deadly repression of pro-democracy protesters.

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Approaches to Foreign Policy Module Assessment

Questions to check your understanding.

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