For the cold war generation, U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia/Pacific region was simple, straightforward, and secure.
The absence of a coherent U.S. foreign policy agendaexcept in the expansion of exports and investments to promising new marketsleaves U.S. policy decisions at the mercy of old and new prejudices, while ad hoc response to crises becomes more the norm than the exception.
After the cold war, Albania became a country of strategic importance to the United States.
Washingtons increasing focus on promoting international investment and trade is evident in the smorgasbord of assistance offered to U.S. exporters.
In the rush to pass tough spending cuts, Congress and the Clinton administration are avoiding making an obvious choice: welfare over warfare.
In the immigration debate, free marketers square off against cultural conservatives on the right side of the political spectrum; while on the left, civil rights and ethnic advocacy groups oppose environmentalists and job protectionists.
U.S.-Nicaraguan relations have been rocky ever since the end of the U.S.-sponsored war against the Sandinista government.
Expansion of the NATO military alliance is proceeding rapidly despite an overwhelming lack of public or congressional debate.
Close trade and security ties bind the U.S. and Japan in a web of interdependence.
Today, member countries number 125 (nearly the whole world except China, some former communist countries, and a number of small nations) and WTO rules apply to over 90 percent of international trade.