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Approaches to Foreign Policy: Idealism Versus Realism LEARNING RESOURCE

By visiting Communist-led China in 1972 and attempting to shape their foreign policy to fit his interests, U.S. President Richard Nixon pursued a realist foreign policy.

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Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education


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In this resource from World101, students will learn the difference between idealism and realism and will deliberate what a country’s foreign policy priorities should be.

CFR Education is an initiative within the Council on Foreign Relations that aims to make complex foreign policy and international issues accessible for middle, high school, and college students through its educational products: World101, Model Diplomacy, and Convene the Council.

World101 is a free collection of multimedia resources on the fundamentals of international relations and foreign policy. Designed to help your students understand the essential issues, forces, and actors that shape global affairs, World101 aims to support teachers with its videos, charts, essays, and timelines that can easily be added to any part of your lesson plan.


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