Foreign Policy Research Paper

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Foreign and Defense Policy Everest University Trina Harrison American National Government Instructor: Timothy Mozia July 5, 2014 Many ask to what extent the war on terrorism represents a break with previous United States foreign and defense policy. This question holds a great deal of validity to where we are right now. In order to answer this question, we have to establish why this war on terrorism? Perhaps how it has been addressed is uniquely different from other engagements in U.S. Foreign Policy History. If it is to be believed, this particular war is uniquely different than prior involvements of the United States because of its dynamic nature. Unlike prior wars where the enemy and its territory were highly defined and…show more content…
In both World Wars, the United States was a part of a coalition of nations. In the war on terror, we have seen this position vacillate: In Afghanistan, the United States formed a coalition and in our involvement in Iraq, unilateral action, for the most part, was pursued. Such changing of positions has caused a change in our foreign policy to seek help at certain moments, and not readily seek it at other points. The war on terror has also changed the defense policy of the United States. Given the fluid and dynamic nature of the war on terror as it has been presented, the United States has not been able to pursue one particular defense policy. The policy of defending the world against terror is very sweeping and commits the United States in many areas of the world. At one point, focus was on Iraq, as a haven for terrorists who were supposedly promulgating the war from Baghdad. This allowed obliviousness to fomenting in Afghanistan, which now might be where our focus is on at this time. The reality is that both defense and foreign policy have had to be malleable and somewhat pliable because the justification for the war ended up constricting the hopes of definite and static foreign policy. This
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