Domestic Politics in International Disasters

For such a young country, the United States has a long history of intense internal debates over its relationship with the world. These debates have focused on specific issues like trade, immigration, or a given war, and have encompassed broader matters bearing on the country's portrait of itself. Any interaction with other countries, and any expenditure of money, necessarily invites

debate and disagreement, and such political issues frequently become entangled in America's participation in foreign disaster relief.


Isolationism is a foreign policy approach that favors limited interaction with other countries, in the form of a noninterventionist military policy and a protectionist trade policy that privileges domestic goods and services over foreign ones. There are many different articulations of policy and political philosophy that can be called isolationist, ...

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