Yost, Charles W.
October 1971
Foreign Affairs;Oct71, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p59
This article focuses on instruments U.S. presidents use for the conduct of foreign affairs, as of October 1971. Up until the 1930s the instrument was almost always the traditional one, the Secretary and Department of State, except in those not infrequent cases where a strong President, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, chose to carry on a particular exercise in diplomacy himself, sometimes with the help of a personal adviser or emissary. Thus, for largely personal and accidental reasons, a precedent was set during the critical period of U.S. emergence as a superpower for bypassing the Secretary of State and the Foreign Service and for diffusing the conduct of foreign affairs at home and abroad among a wide and constantly changing complex of agencies. In so far as there is a system for the conduct of foreign affairs at the present time, which one would hesitate to assert categorically, it is centered not in the State Department but in the National Security Council. The logical alternative is the traditional one, a single agency charged by the President with full responsibility under his direction for the formulation of foreign policy and the administration of foreign affairs.


Related Articles

  • We must be leaders for peace.  // Defense;1996, Issue 1, p2 

    Presents US President Bill Clinton's state of the union address on November 27, 1995 which focuses on the country's role in the Bosnian efforts for peace. American mission in Bosnia; Need for continued active leadership after the Cold War; Role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)...

  • A Few Unanswered Questions. Galeano, Eduardo // Progressive;May2003, Vol. 67 Issue 5, p16 

    Criticizes the foreign policy of U.S. President George W. Bush. Questions about the real motive of the U.S. and Great Britain in waging a war against Iraq to end the regime of Saddam Hussein; Justifications used by the U.S. in going to war against Iraq.

  • Statement on the Puerto Rico Status Referendum. Clinton, William J. // Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents;12/21/98, Vol. 34 Issue 51, p2492 

    Presents the text of the statement given by United States President Bill Clinton on December 14, 1998 which deals with the Puerto Rico status referendum.

  • Relations between the United States and Vietnam. Clinton, Bill // Vital Speeches of the Day;8/1/95, Vol. 61 Issue 20, p610 

    Presents a speech by the United States President, given on national television from Washington D.C. on July 11, 1995, dealing with the normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam. Implementation of US government programs to develop trade with Vietnam; Advancement of the cause of freedom;...

  • Debt & Deficit. Scherer, John L. // USA Today Magazine;May2008, Vol. 136 Issue 2756, p10 

    The author comments on the mistakes committed by U.S. foreign policy and examines the implications for the 2008 presidential elections. The mistakes cited are uncontrolled defense expenditures that have undermined the economy, and America's global reach which has exceeded its grasp. He urges...

  • Survey launched on international topics.  // State Government News;Oct99, Vol. 42 Issue 8, p33 

    Provides information on the initiative that the United States Council of State Governments is launching to catalog and foster state international activities. Information about the program; Members of the advisory group involved in the project.

  • Spotlight On Saudi-US Relations.  // Middle East Monitor: The Gulf;Jul2005, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p2 

    The article focuses on Saudi-U.S. relations. Bilateral ties have been reinforced by U.S. President George W. Bush's re-election in 2004, and by Saudi Arabia's agreement to step up oil production this year. In one indication of closer ties, the two countries are discussing a Free Trade Agreement....

  • U.S.-VIETNAM RELATIONS.  // Background Notes on Countries of the World: Vietnam;Apr2005, p8 

    Provides information on the relationship of Vietnam with the U.S. as of April 2005. Role of U.S. President Bill Clinton in establishing relationship with Vietnam in 1995; Location of the U.S. embassy in Vietnam; Number of U.S. citizens in Vietnam as of April 27, 2005.

  • The President's News Conference With President Putin in Kranj. Bush, George W. // Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents;6/25/2001, Vol. 37 Issue 25, p926 

    Presents the text of a press conference given by United States President George W. Bush on June 16, 2001 which deals with foreign relations, economic ties and nuclear defense connected with Russia.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics