What Are the Four Main Goals of the United States' Foreign Policy?

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The State Department specifies four clearly established goals that it follows when making and carrying out foreign policy: to Protect the United States and its citizens, further American interests in the world (such as advancing economic prosperity and human rights), promote understanding of American values and support U.S. government officials.

Foreign policy enables the United States to engage in beneficial arrangements with foreign nations and address the challenges of a globalized world. Because of this — and because American economic prosperity is increasingly linked to other countries via trade, technology, travel and communications — the United States must remain open to the world.