The History of Foreign Relations of the United States

Exploring HeinOnline, Foreign Relations of the U.S.
Shannon Furtak

The United States has formal diplomatic relations with most countries, including all United Nations member states, as well as with the European Union, the Holy See, and Kosovo. Recent global actions of the United States have made headlines: the decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, the stated refusal to certify Iran’s compliance with the Iran Nuclear Program, and escalating tensions and repeated threats of military action against North Korea, among several others.

HeinOnline contains an essential collection of documents useful for forming a detailed understanding of the history of today’s foreign policies and international relations. The Foreign Relations of the United States series, originally published by the Government Printing Office, presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series began in 1861 during the Lincoln administration and was originally titled Papers Relating to Foreign Relations of the United States. It continued until the administration of Ronald Reagan.

The Foreign Relations volumes contain documents from various presidential libraries, the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in the creation of U.S. foreign policy.

Access and Search the Foreign Relations Series

Enter HeinOnline and select Foreign Relations of the United States from among the available databases. The content is listed in chronological order beginning with Abraham Lincoln and ending with Ronald Reagan. Click any president’s name to view available volumes.

Use the main search bar to search across all content in the series. For example, search for “Bay of Pigs” AND Cuba. Results include volumes from the Johnson, Nixon/Ford, Eisenhower, and Kennedy administrations. Note that text matching the search query is highlighted in yellow. Results may be sorted by relevance, date, or title. Facets on the left side of the page may be used to refine results by date, document type, section type, or title.

In addition to the Foreign Relations volumes, this database also includes additional key historical materials on the topic of international relations.

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