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Today we’ll learn how the US Foreign Policy works

The central distinction from the perspective of an empire is that between client and non-client states. The empire has to decide whether to administer client states, provide military or non-military support, or replace unacceptable client governments.

In the case of non-client states, the empire will first attempt to acquire them peacefully as the client states.

If a state refuses to become a client state of an empire, it sooner or later becomes an enemy state, as an empire that can no longer assert its hegemony will fall apart.

The empire must decide whether military action is promising, and if not, it will either end the enemy status ( or impose sanctions or strive for a (civil) regime change. The availability of essential raw materials such as oil and gas is another important factor.

If the empire judges a military action as promising, they can use their autocratic form of government to deny enemy states international legitimacy.

The imperial logic is fundamentally independent of the respective US government. Still, different governments may come to different conclusions regarding the prospects of success of military action and diplomatic negotiations, the advantages of overt versus covert operations, and the acceptance of existing client regimes.

Today we‘ve learned how the US Foreign Policy works