Foreign Policy

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A country that has international goals it aims to achieve for the better of its citizens is what is known as the country’s foreign policy. Foreign policy has changed throughout the history of the United States. U.S. has seen many different eras of its policy with foreign nations. Since the birth of Pakistan in 1947, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has alternated between being extremely close partners to U.S. imposing economic and military sanctions. However, post September 11th, the U.S. foreign policy changed quickly with the country of Pakistan to a much friendlier and closer level than ever before to accommodate the needs of this country.

In the United States, the there are many departments who work together on creating foreign policies with other nations. The president or commander in chief has the power to negotiate treaties as well as appoint ambassadors to other nations, although this requires consent by the Senate with a two thirds vote (p. 482). The U.S. President’s chief foreign policy advisor is the secretary of state, currently, Condoleezza Rice. As mentioned earlier, there are other departments who play a major role in influencing the policy-making process.

September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever be remembered not only in the United States, but the world. Under President Bush’s term, this was the day that the freedom of this nation was under attack. Many people can recall exactly what they were doing when they heard of the horrific news on that sad day. This tragic event helped shape the new foreign policy with President Musharraf and his nation, Pakistan.

During the Reagan administration in the U.S. and General Zia-Ul-Haq’s regime in Pakistan, both countries signed a six year deal that included $3.2 which was divided between economic and military aid, similar to that singed in recent years by Bush and Musharraf. Krepon reports that Washington was well aware of Pakistan’s ongoing nuclear...
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