Gerald Ford’s Internationalism

Yanek Mieczkowski

in Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123493
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134956 | DOI:
Gerald Ford’s Internationalism

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This chapter examines the internationalism of former U.S. President Gerald Ford. Ford wanted to reinvigorate American internationalism, but he felt bound by the same constraints that affected his handling of economic and energy policies. Congress resisted presidential authority and was eager to shape the country's diplomacy itself, and the people were weary of bleak international news and reluctant to rally behind the White House. In his travels abroad and through his personal diplomacy, Ford resisted a trend toward isolationism and made no attempts to introduce bold new doctrines in foreign policy.

Keywords: Gerald Ford; internationalism; Congress; personal diplomacy; isolationism; foreign policy

Chapter.  13614 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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