HIST121 – 21XA
October 1, 2015
Foreign Policy Precis
Foreign policy is a strategy or policy that is implemented by a certain country’s government as a form of protection of national interests. It sets guidelines for how a particular country deals with other countries in trade and social economics. With the growing sense of globalization, more countries are beginning to create policies for international relations in order to cooperate and benefit from other countries. But during this time period the U.S. didn’t have a firm grip on foreign policy due to the lack of unity between the states.
The federalist papers were basically a treatise on free government in peace and security. The main purpose of the federalist papers were written was to secure the ratification of a constitution providing for a more perfect union. Throughout the papers “Union” and the “Safety and welfare of the Union” are depicted as inseparable, and only a truly united nation can achieve these feats. Five of the most basic themes of the federalist papers include federalism, a system of checks and balances, separation of powers, pluralism, and fair representation.
Jay’s treaty was an agreement between the United States and Britain on commerce, frontier posts, boundaries, Indian relations, pre war debts to British creditors, and treatment of returning British loyalists. All of which were grounds for potential conflict between the two nations. The reason for such a treaty was because the United States did not want to be involved in European wars. But due to the fact that Britain continued to hold forts in U.S. territory U.S. ships were being seized when they were bound for French ports. The terms of the treaty were one for Britain to evacuate from their northern posts by June 1, 1796, and second that the U.S. and Britain could regulate commerce between themselves without discrimination. Although John Jay conducted these negotiations it was really more Alexander...