The Chicago Council on Global Affairs details 2017 polling data on Americans' views on an "America First" agenda
This lesson explores President Trump’s adoption of an “America First” approach to international relations, asking students to determine the extent to which they believe it should be the guiding philosophy for United States foreign policy approach, culminating in a writing assignment that mirrors one of the free response question formats for the redesigned AP Government and Politics exam.
Background Knowledge - Videos
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"Finding that Middle Ground is an Enormous Challenge": Julie Smith, former Deputy National Security Adviser to Vice President Biden, discusses some of the issues underlying the determinations of when the U.S. will become involved in global challenges. (3:18)
Secretary Pompeo Discusses Foreign Policy Issues Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions from Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) about a variety of foreign policy issues (7:05)
Background Knowledge - Articles
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President Trump on an "America First" Approach
Watch the video clips advocating in favor of an "America First" philosophy
"We're Going to Have a Whole Different Set of Values When it Comes to Representing Our Country": President Trump, in 2017 remarks to the National Association of Building Trades Unions, discusses his approach to international economic issues. (5:24)
Concerns Regarding an "America First" Approach
Watch the video clips expressing opposition to an "America First" philosophy
"Closing the Door to the World Will Not Stop the Evolution of the World": French President Emmanuel Macron, addressing the United States Congress, urges the rejection of isolationist an nationalist philosophies. (1:56)
"Integration and Globalization is Actually a Fact, Not a Policy": Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former National Security Council member Amy Zegart discuss the global economy and its political risk implications (4:01)
"America First" - Evaluation and Analysis
To what extent do you support President Trump's advocacy of an "America First" approach to foreign policy?
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