Government, International Relations and Defense
enemy attack, internal affairs, mandate, citizens, prestige
The U.S. government exists for the welfare of its citizens, a mandate that includes being responsible for external as well as internal affairs. The primary principles of American foreign policy are to defend the nationís physical territory, to protect citizens from enemy attack, to further the nationís economic interests and prestige, and to promote American ideals of liberty and democracy abroad. At the end of the 20th century, American foreign policy involved relationships with 159 nations that were sometimes cooperative, often competitive, and occasionally openly hostile.
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