Directions: Select one U.S. presidential, foreign policy doctrine.

  • Provide a brief summary of the foreign policy doctrine.
  • Explain the historical circumstances that produced the military doctrine.
  • Provide a specific example when the military doctrine was utilized.
  • Analyze the short term and long term result of this specific example.
  • Evaluate the foreign policy doctrine in terms of U.S. self-interest and America’s international reputation.

*Although you may pick any modern, presidential foreign policy doctrine relevant to this discussion – here are some notable, presidential foreign policy doctrines:


Truman Doctrine

Eisenhower Doctrine

Kennedy Doctrine

Johnson Doctrine

Nixon Doctrine

Reagan Doctrine

Clinton Doctrine

Bush Doctrine

Obama Doctrine