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Foreign Policy

Foreign policy or external policy of the state is an activity of the state's government directed on the development of interactions with other states, political entities, and unions. The term "foreign" was introduced in the middle of the 13th century from the French "forain" meaning external, outer, outdoor, remote, not in the own land.

Foreign policy is intended to interact effectively with other countries of the world and protect the national interests of a certain state on the international scene. Moreover, it strives to maximize the benefits of multilateral international cooperation. The concept of national security is an official guiding principle of the foreign policy of many world countries. It includes security in different directions including military security and non-military security like economic security, energy security, and environmental security. Military security is the major way of national security, it supposes the nation's capability to defend itself and deter military aggression.

The state's national security is related to actions of different foreign states and also non-state actors like natural disasters, environmentally detrimental events. The measures and policies taken to ensure national security include using diplomacy, civil defense, emergency preparedness measures, maintaining effective armed forces, using intelligence and counterintelligence services for defense from threats, and many more. Diplomacy is an important part of external policy, it is an art and practice of conduction bilaterally or multilaterally negotiations for developing relationships between states or international organizations, making negotiating alliances, treaties, agreements, etc. Diplomacy is used in issues of economics, trade, culture, peace-making, war, environment, and human rights.

Foreign policy is also directed on the defense of own state's geographical borders, takes care for issues of national, regional, and international security and defense, economy, and politics. Foreign policy develops the set of policies to pursue its national interests as it interacts with other countries including signing treaties and agreements. It has a function to cover a broad range of military, economic, ideological, humanitarian, and political concerns. A foreign policy is influenced by numerous factors like internal state's policies, domestic considerations, behavior and actions of other states, government plans concerning the state's development and advancing specific geopolitical projects.

Foreign Policy

Example 1. Foreign Policy

Today, a country’s foreign policy covers a wide variety of issues including national policy, finance, environmental, cultural, and human rights. It is closely related to economics, trade, travel, and business. The foreign policy of many countries also includes environmental issues, providing aid in disaster relief, or in other issues. Foreign policies of each country consists of strategies based on self-interest, own principles and values, but in considerence with common objectives of interactive states. The principles of foreign policy define the interactions of countries with one another. They include respect for universal values in own country and around the world.

Most countries suppose a significant role of the president and the executive branch including the foreign ministry, defense department, department of homeland security in making and conducting foreign policy. The head of government and foreign minister are responsible for the issues of foreign policy, while legislative and judicial powers have limited influence in this area. Typically, the president has ultimate authority over foreign policy. Public also plays a role in foreign policy.

Foreign Policy Library Design Elements

Example 2. Foreign Policy Library Design Elements

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Politics Infographics Solution - Libraries Design Elements

Example 3. Politics Infographics Solution - Libraries Design Elements

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