Vocab Definitions

by Gabby Smiczek

Foreign Policy

a government's strategy in dealing with other nations

"The World is Flat"

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century is an international bestselling book by Thomas L. Friedman that analyzes globalization, primarily in the early 21st century.


the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country's representatives abroad.

Commander in Chief

a head of state or officer in supreme command of a country's armed forces.

War Powers Act

Congress passed the War Powers Resolution in the aftermath of the Vietnam War to address these concerns and provide a set of procedures for both the President and Congress to follow in situations where the introduction of U.. forces abroad could lead to their involvement in armed conflict.


an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.


the official residence or offices of an ambassador.


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) id one of the principal intelligence-gathering agencies of the United States federal government.


A committee in the executive branch of government that advises the president of foreign and military and national security; supervises the Central Intelligence Agency

Senate/House Foreign Relations Committees

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the United State Senate. It is charged with leading foreign-policy legislation and debate in the Senate.


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on April 1949

Warsaw Pact Countries

The Warsaw Pact (formally, the Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation, and Mutual Assistance, sometimes, informally WarPac, akin in format to NATO) was a collective defense treaty among eight communist states of Central and Eastern Europe in existence during the Cold War.

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