Roberts, Chalmers M.
July 1974
Foreign Affairs;Jul1974, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p675
Academic Journal
The article reports on the U.S. foreign policy under President Richard M. Nixon. Foreign policy is made both by commission and omission. It is affected by mood, by judgments of strengths and weaknesses, by one government's measure of another's will as well as its ability to act, by one national leader's perception of a rival or friendly leader's political standing in his own country and its effect on both national power and policies. President Richard M. Nixon's determination was to draw a line between foreign affairs and the domestic crisis. America's attention was totally centered on post-Civil War internal problems. Nixon's role in history has been to redirect American foreign policy in the wake of the Vietnam disillusionment that culminated the nation's quarter-century of active interventionism around the globe following World War II. American relations with Japan had suffered from neglect, from Nixon administration hard-line economics and from the Nixon shock of the abrupt change in China policy, all prior to Watergate.


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