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Before WWII. Isolationist, not gonna get involved unless our safety is concerned or there's something to be gained.


involve ourselves in whatever's going on in the world, won't retreat back into isolationism, wouldn't work, would do so at our own peril

Bipolar structure

2 clear superpowers: U.S. and Soviet Union

Unipolar structure

one clear superpower: U.S.

Domino Theory

if one country goes communist, the next country will go communist


ensure Soviets don't gain influence in rest of world. Contain Soviet influence in Eastern Europe

-"New world order" philosophy

work more closely with other nations; more involved with U.N.

The Gulf War

1991. Saddam Hussein dictated Kuwait, claimed it was part of Iraq's land and wanted to take it.

U.S./Iran historic conflict and current conflict


9/11 attacks, al-Qaeda, and the invasion of
Afghanistan (reasons and aftermath)


Invasion of Iraq (reasons and aftermath)


George W. Bush and his foreign policy



working with other countries



Paul Kennedy's thesis and the future of American power

rise: availability of economic resources and economic durability
fall: 1. military overstretch over 7000 military bases/outposts. spending lots of $, getting heavily involved in Iraq and Afghanistan
2. relative economic decline

The Military Industrial Complex

2.military contractors govt. signs contract with military to build things
3. certain members of Congress

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