Social Studies - 2019-20

GOVT.12b - Role of National Interest in Shaping Foreign Policy

The student will apply social science skills to understand the role of the United States in a changing world by 

b) assessing the role of national interest in shaping foreign policy and promoting world peace; 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

United States foreign policy priorities reflect the political agenda of the time and can be fluid. 

ESSENTIALS

Foreign policy goals 

 Fulfilling a commitment to preserve a peaceful world 

 Promoting democratic values 

 Protecting nations from aggression 

 Encouraging market-oriented economies and free trade 

 Advancing international cooperation 


Making foreign policy decisions requires balancing competing or contradictory foreign policy goals. 


Recent initiatives addressing foreign policy challenges 

 Trade imbalances with other countries 

 Curtailing human rights abuses 

 Controlling nuclear and biological arms 

 Determining the future of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 

 Curbing drug traffic

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 17, 2017