A Behind the Scenes Look into the Nation’s Foreign Policy Decisions

ForeignThe Foreign Relations of the United States electronic database is an archive. It is filled with information that pertains to major United States foreign policy decisions and noteworthy political activity. The documents are from the Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies along with, private papers of individuals involved in implementing United States foreign policy. The database also houses related books and the entire Foreign Relations Code of Federal Regulation. With such a massive amount of historical information, your researching skills will be up against 700 titles, 1,500 volumes and 1 million pages.

The database for the Foreign Relations of the United States consists of four tabs:

  • Foreign Relations of the United States
  • Code of Federal Regulations Title 22
  • Other Related Works
  • External Links

The Foreign Relations of the United States tab captures diplomatic correspondence between the United States and one or more foreign countries. It begins with Abraham Lincoln’s administration in 1861 and continues to the administration of Ronald Regan in 1988. The material is organized in an ascending order and under each presidential administration there are subparts representing different areas of the world or foreign policy issues. The types of documents that are stored within this tab are the president’s annual message, which provides a summary of the relations between the United States and the foreign countries. In some circumstances, the message would be accompanied by a single treaty or State Department papers. The Code of Federal Regulations tab provides access the different editions, starting with the year of 2018 and ending with 1938. The Other Related Works tab is representative of a wide range of material associated with foreign relations that is authored by many people. Finally, the External Links tab provides the user with direct links to the Office of the Historian.

This extensive resource memorializes the United States’ history regarding its foreign procedures and allows an individual to experience the nation’s decisions behind those policies. Our availability to the database is provided through HeinOnline and the Charleston School of Law provides access to this invaluable information. Upon entering the Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library website there are quick links on the right and by clicking the database link it will take you to library’s database and catalog list which categorizes the resources by topic. The Foreign Relations of the United States electronic database falls under the International Research Resource topic.

By Kelsey Sanna
Class of 2019

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