Foreign Policy Vocabulary

Foreign Policy: A government's strategy in dealing with other countries.

"The World is Flat": An international bestselling book that analyzes globalization, primarily in the early 21st century.

Diplomacy: 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: An act that puts limits on the ability of the President to send American troops into combat areas without Congressional approval.

Ambassadors: Accredited diplomats sent by a country as its official representatives to a foreign country.

Embassies: The official residences or offices of ambassadors.

CIA: Also known as the Central Intelligence Agency, it is one of the principal intelligence-gathering agencies of the United States federal government.

NSC: Also known as the National Security Council, it is a committee in the executive branch of government that advises the president on foreign, military, and national security and supervises the Central Intelligence Agency.

Senate/House Foreign Relations Committees: Standing committees that lead foreign-policy legislation and debate, consider legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, and are generally responsible for overseeing and funding foreign aid programs.

NATO: Also known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty.

Warsaw Pact Countries: A military alliance of communist nations in Eastern Europe that organized in answer to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and included Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union.

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