The United States And Foreign Policy Essay

1267 Words Apr 17th, 2016 null Page
In the United states the processes of foreign policy involve various organizations of the executive branch, but typically originate with the president (Bardes, Shelley, and Schmidt pg. 463). Article II of the constitution outlines some of the powers the president has in regards to foreign policy. According to Bardes, Shelly, and Schmidt, these powers include: "the power to make treaties provided that the Senate concurs . . . the right to appoint ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls . . . [and] the power to recognize foreign governments by receiving their ambassadors" (pgs. 477-478). Further, the president is designated by article II, Section 2 "as commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States" (Bardes, Shelley, and Schmidt pg. 477) However, Congress and the courts can limit the president 's power in foreign policy-making. Congress has the authority to limit the president 's power by passing laws and/or using the "power of the purse" to refuse funding presidential actions (Bardes, Shelley, and Schmidt pg. 481) and the judicial branch can limit policy decisions through court rulings (Garvey). Other agencies involved in foreign policy making include, "the Department of State, National Security Council, intelligence community, and [the] Department of Defense" (Bardes, Shelley, and Schmidt pg. 478). These agencies are involved in foreign affairs by supervising U.S. relations with other nations, advising the president regarding foreign affairs, gathering…

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