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U.S. Politics and Policy: Foreign Policy

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Background Information

Primary Sources

Foreign Relations of the United States

Official documentary record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Find materials from the president, State Department, and National Security Council as well as communications with foreign leaders.

Government Documents, Public and Declassified

State Department Publications

The Bulletin/Dispatch was the official monthly record of U.S. foreign policy, established to provide Congress and the public information about U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Department of State and the Foreign Service. It contains selected press releases on foreign policy, statements and addresses made by the President and by officers of the State Department, and special articles on international affairs and the functions of the Department.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS)

Find news stories from other countries on topics relevant to U.S. interests. Part of the CIA, FBIS collected openly available foreign new broadcasts and translated them into English.

Personal Recollections

Treaties and Legal Materials

Find Policy Papers

Policy briefs or policy papers summarize a policy issue and argue for a particular solution. Many policy briefs from think tanks, NGOs, and research institutes can be found online. Include the keywords "policy brief" or "policy paper" or "white paper" in your search.

Recommended Think Tanks