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Foreign Relations of the United States

The official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity, as well as the entirety of Title 22 (Foreign Relations) of the Code of Federal Regulations and more than 1,000 related works. 

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Understand the Foreign Policy of the United States

The official goals of United States foreign policy are described by the U.S. Department of State as being “to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.” Over time, this approach to foreign relations has been the subject of much debate, criticism, and praise, both domestically and abroad. 

American foreign relations first emerged on the world stage with the “Olive Branch Policy,” an attempt on the part of the newly formed United States to reconcile with Great Britain during the American Revolution. At the conclusion of the war, the newly established country increased its trade and political relations abroad, and thus America’s international policy began to take shape. 

From the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 to the “isolationist” policies brought about by World War I, and the Cold War focus on “containment,” America’s role in world affairs has continually evolved over the course of its development. Today, the U.S. has economic and diplomatic interests in every region of the globe. As one of the largest diplomatic presences of any nation, America’s relations with other countries will continue to be one of the most critical topics in media and politics across the globe.

About the Foreign Relations of the United States Database

 HeinOnline’s database dedicated to this important topic presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The database is primarily based on the Foreign Relations of the United States series, produced by the State Department’s Office of the Historian and comprised of 528 volumes containing invaluable historical information. HeinOnline’s image-based, fully searchable, and easy-to-use interface provides an excellent platform to access exact replicas of the print volumes without using valuable shelf space. Also included in the database are more than 1,000 other works related to U.S. foreign policy in addition to the entirety of Title 22 (Foreign Relations) of the Code of Federal Regulations

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