U.S. Foreign Affairs Since 1898 Term Paper

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S. officials and other entities were very well informed), but rather on indecisiveness and incapacity to react with direct, concrete means in these situations.

5. The major issues of American foreign policy during the 1950s were generally circumscribed to the Cold War between the U.S. And the Soviet Union and the relations between these two countries, ranging form mutual containment to escalation (towards the end of the decade).

The first issue emerging from this policy was the Korean War. The Korean War, characterized by the initial invasion of South Korea by North Korean troops and the subsequent implication of American and Chinese troops, was a direct consequence of the post-WWII conditions when each superpower attempted to promote and spread its own military and ideological system.

With the American army first pushed back all the way to Pusan and then following General Macarthur's landing at Inchon behind enemy troops and the implication of the Chinese troops, the war waged on from 1950 to 1953. While South Korea retained its independence, the war itself could be more or less considered as a draw, but one that brought to evidence the apparition of a new strong potential power: China.

Besides containment, another major issue implied the defending of the European allies. However, in some situations, the U.S. acted on the same side as the Soviet Union in defending a status quo situation. One of these cases was the Suez Crisis, when the U.S. forced a cease fire on its British and French partners to prevent a further escalation of the conflict. We could say that, while on one hand involved in a superpower competition, both the U.S. And the Soviet Union was also involved in keeping an overall balance in the world.

Bibliography

1. Howard Jones. 2001. Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897, Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

2. Robert Kennedy. 1999. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis, New York: Norton

3. Samantha Power, a Problem From Hell: American in the Age of…

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Bibliography

1. Howard Jones. 2001. Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897, Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

2. Robert Kennedy. 1999. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis, New York: Norton

3. Samantha Power, a Problem From Hell: American in the Age of Genocide

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