Isolationism

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is a foreign policy in which the leadership of nation declares thatit is in the best interest of the nation to keep off the affairs ofother nations. This involves limiting involvement in internationalaffairs to avoid being drawn into regional and internationalconflicts or avoiding international agreement such as tradeagreements. has been a long standing foreign policy inthe United States. Since the founding of the nation, the UnitedStates avoided any alliances with other powers especially in Europeuntil the 20thcentury what international involvement became inevitable. It isimportant to note that isolationism policy did not mean that theUnited States was not engaged in global issues. It means that theUnited States government could not involve itself in Europeans warsand military alliances or use its military power to promote freedomand democracy. In the early 20thcentury, the Germans attack on American interests especiallymerchants’ ships forced the United States to abandon itsnoninterference and neutral policy and join the first world war.Thus, the United States departed from its isolationism policy and gotinvolved in the European conflict. In the 1920s, America returned toits isolationism policy and took a back seat in the global affairs.The advent of the Second World War in 1940 forced America to rethinkits isolationism policy. The event in Asia, Europe and Africathreatened the interest of America. Although the American remaineddivided, the real threat to America was revealed when the Japaneseattacked Pearl Harbor (Kaufman, 2010). The entry of the United Statedin the second war marked the end of isolationism policy. Since them,the United States, being a super power has been the most activenation in global affairs. America has used its military and economicpower to promote democracy and rule of law, freedom and human rights(Johnstone, 2011).

References

Johnstone,A. (2011). &quot and internationalism in Americanforeign relations.&quot&nbspJournalof Transatlantic Studies.9(1): 7-20.

Kaufman,J. (2010). Aconcise history of U.S. foreign policy.Lanham, Md.: Rowman &amp Littlefield.

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