Information on U.S. foreign policy and international
relations, including treaties, trade practices, international aid, and visas.
Foreign Policy and International Affairs
The Marshall Plan: Investment in Peace
An overview of the U.S. program of assistance to the countries of Europe in the
aftermath of World War II.
The Monroe Doctrine
In Monroe's message to Congress on December 2, 1823 he delivered a doctrine
which informed the powers of the Old World that the American continents were no
longer open to European colonization.
The Truman Doctrine
The delivery of this doctrine is often referenced as the start of the Cold War.
The U.S. and NATO: An Alliance of Purpose
This issue of U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda examines the newly expanded NATO
Alliance through a range of perspectives in articles, commentary, and
references from national security experts within the administration, the
Congress, and the public research and academic sectors.
NAFTA: A Decade of
Strengthening a Dynamic Relationship
This brochure highlights the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA)
record on expanding trade, creating jobs, and increasing foreign direct
investment in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Report to Congress on the
Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act
This report describes the Caribbean Basin Initiative. Also featured are
statistics on U.S. trade with the Caribbean Basin countries, as well as brief
reports assessing the performance of 15 countries in complying with eligibility
criteria reflecting key U.S. policy objectives.
Report to Congress on the
Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act as Amended
The objective of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as amended by the
Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication, is to promote broad-based economic
development, diversify exports, consolidate democracy, and defeat the scourge
of drug trafficking by providing sustainable economic alternatives. This report
shows that the ATPA/ATPDEA continues to achieve this goal.
The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference
Act-11th Report 2004
This document reports on the impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA)
on U.S. industries and consumers.
Coordination, Reporting and Publication of
Guidelines for coordinating, reporting on, and publishing international
agreements from the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Department of State.
Treaties in Force
A list of treaties and other international agreements of the United States.
Biological Weapons Treaties
Narrative, full text and signatory list of the "Convention on the Prohibition
of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological)
and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction."
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
Text of the treaty in its entirety
Protocol to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban
Includes general provisions, seismological monitoring, radionuclide monitoring,
hydroacoustic monitoring, iInfrasound monitoring, and the functions of the
International Data Centre.
Today's Nuclear Equation
This electronic journal, "Today's Nuclear Equation," is published in advance of
the conference to offer the U.S. position on critical treaty-related issues as
well as a range of expert opinion on the thorniest current issues in nuclear
Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change
Text of the document.
The Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change: A Fact Sheet
Kyoto Protocol fact sheet
Global Climate Change: The Kyoto Protocol
Report issued by Congressional Research Service providing background and major
provisions of the Kyoto Protocol.
United Nations Framework Convention on
Full text of the convention.
North Atlantic Treaty of 1949
Full Text of North Atlantic Treaty Organization of 1949 (NATO) signed in
Washington, D.C. April 4, 1949.
Berne Convention for the Protection of
Literary and Artistic Works
Full text of the resolution outlining the protection of literature and art.
World Intellectual Property Organization:
Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Full text of the Performances and Phonograms Treaty from the World Intellectual
World Intellectual Property Organization: Copyright
Full text of the document of the Copyright Treaty from the World Intellectual
Universal Copyright Convention
Full text of the Universal Copyright Convention.
Addressing the Challenges of International
Bribery and Fair Competition
This report reviews the progress of signatory countries in implementing the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Convention on
Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business
Transactions (Antibribery Convention).
Researching International Legal Issues
A guide on resources and strategies for researching international legal issues.
Provided courtesy of Joan Sherer.
State Department guide to researching treaties.
Foreign Trade and Global Economic Policies
An overview of Foreign Trade and Global Economic Policies from the U.S.
Department of State
The Pros and Cons of Pursuing Free-Trade
Article from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office that briefly presents reasons
for and against the pursuit of free-trade agreements.
Trade Negotiations During the 109th Congress
This report presents the status of the U.S. government's international trade
The Year in Trade: Operation of the
Trade Agreements Program
This report is one of the principal means by which the U.S. International Trade
Commission provides Congress with factual information on trade policy and its
The National Export Strategy: The
Administration's Trade Promotion Agenda
This report from the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) outlines the
Administration's trade promotion policy.
The National Trade
Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
This report surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. It also
provides, where feasible, quantitative estimates of the impact of these foreign
practices on the value of U.S. exports.
Trade Policy Agenda
and Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements
This report outlines the Administration's guiding trade principles and
priorities, and reviews the major trade policy developments. It also chronicles
U.S. activities in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other multilateral
forums, regional and bilateral trade negotiations, and trade law enforcement.
U.S. Trade and Investment with
This report documents U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) trade and investment flows.
on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and
Implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act
This report discusses U.S. trade and investment policy toward sub-Saharan
Africa, including the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act
(AGOA), the designation of AGOA beneficiary countries, the impact that AGOA has
had on U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, and information on
reforms being undertaken by AGOA beneficiary countries.
U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
This report analyzes U.S. trade balances and provides comparative trade
statistics. It also discusses recent developments in, and forecasts for, U.S.
International Electronic Commerce:
Definitions and Policy Implications
This report provides information on emerging issues regarding international
electronic commerce (IEC).
North American Free Trade Agreement
between the Government of Canada, the Government of the United Mexican States,
and the Government of the United States of America
Table of contents for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that
provides links to the full text.
World Trade Organization (WTO)
Full text of the World Trade Agreement of 1994, which established the World
Trade Organization, and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
An Overview of the Agreement on
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement)
A comprehensive text overview of the TRIPS Agreement.
International Aid and
International Development Goals Moving
This journal provides a glance at some of the individual U.S. development
projects throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America that seek to address the
key objectives of the Millennium Declaration: eradicating extreme poverty and
hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality and
empowering women; reducing child mortality and improving maternal health;
combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental
sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.
Improving Lives: Military Humanitarian and
This report describes the historical evolution of military foreign assistance
training and humanitarian assistance programs, and the purpose they play in
fostering regional and national security while enhancing global relations.
Protecting Lives, Restoring Livelihoods: The
U.S. Program To Remove Landmines
This issue of U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda illustrates the challenges of global
mine action, and highlights America's extensive record of cooperation,
consensus-building, and leadership in the international effort to end the
Transforming the Culture of Corruption
This issue of eJournal USA highlights the important roles that the public
sector, private sector, and non-governmental organizations play in eradicating
Foreign Aid: An Introductory Overview of U.S.
Programs and Policy
This report provides an overview of the U.S. foreign aid program by addressing
a number of the more frequently asked questions regarding the subject.
Foreign Commerce and Aid
This report presents data on the flow of goods, services, and capital between
the United States and other countries; changes in official reserve assets of
the United States; international investments; and foreign assistance programs.
The Strategic Plan of the
Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development
This strategic plan sets forth the Secretary of State's direction and
priorities for both the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for
International Development (USAID). It supports the policy positions set forth
by the President and presents how the Department of State and USAID will
implement U.S. foreign policy and development assistance.
U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants: Obligations
and Loan Authorizations
The "U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants", informally known as the "Greenbook",
contains summary data of the U.S. Government foreign assistance since 1945 and
detailed annual data for the last four fiscal years. Foreign assistance is
categorized as either economic assistance or military assistance.
Non-concessional support is also presented.
Millennium Challenge Account: A New Compact for
Provides links to articles, commentary, facts and figures, and information
resources regarding the Millenium Challenge Account.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation
A short description of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and its role
to administer the money earmarked for the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) -
in which development assistance would be provided to those countries that rule
justly, invest in their people, and encourage economic freedom.
Aid in the National Interest: Promoting Freedom, Security and Opportunity
This report discusses foreign assistance as a key instrument of U.S. foreign
policy. It addresses six issues of development assistance: promoting democratic
governance, driving economic growth, improving people's health, mitigating
conflict, providing humanitarian aid, and accounting for private foreign aid.
Responses to Human Trafficking
The articles in this electronic journal explain the scope of human trafficking -- an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 people every year across the globe.
Ending Abusive Child Labor
An electronic journal that describes the commitments being made by governments, nongovernmental organizations, and industry to eradicate the worst forms of child labor with a special emphasis on eliminating child labor in mining.
The Role of Think Tanks in U.S. Foreign Policy
This issue of the electronic journal U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda examines the unique role played by public policy research organizations, or "think tanks," in the formulation of U.S. policy.
This electronic journal contains articles on the U.S.'s goal of promoting freedom, democracy, free trade and development throughout the world.
(Visas requirements change quickly. Go to
http://www.unitedstatesvisas.gov/visapolicy/index.html for the most
Obtaining a Visa
Links to the steps to be completed in order to obtain a student visa.
Obtaining a U.S. Visa: A
step-by-step outline of today's U.S. visa application procedures
A step-by-step outline of U.S. visa application procedures, published by the
Department of State.
A brief explanation of the new security procedures for arrivals and departures
in the U.S. for travelers requiring visas to visit the U.S.
Visa Types for Temporary Visitors
A selection of various visitor and nonimmigrant visas and how to renew them
Border Crossing Card (BCC)
Information on the Border Crossing Card and Border Biometrics Program.
Classes of Aliens Ineligible to
Information regarding the classes of aliens ineligible to receive Visas.
Question and answers with regards to visa denials.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
Information on the Visa Waiver Program.
Visa Waiver Program - How a Country Qualifies
Information on how a country qualifies for the Visa Waiver Program.
Visitor Visas - Business and Pleasure
Information regarding visitor visas.
Coming to America - Getting Your Visitors Visa
Information on acquiring you visitors visa.
Visa Application Forms
A list of visa application forms.
Nonimmigrant Visa Photo Requirements
Instructions for meeting the nonimmigrant visa photo requirements
Fees for Visa Services
A chart that lists fees for visa application and other types of processing fees
collected by the Department of State.
Duration & Extension of Stay in the U.S. -
How the Visa Expiration Date is Different
An explanation of the difference between the visa expiration date and the
length of time you have permission to remain in the United States.
Exclusion from Automatic Re-Entry with Valid
Information on the Exclusion from Automatic Re-Entry with Valid Form I-94.
Exchange Visitor (J) Visas, March 2006
Information regarding exchange visitor visas.
Temporary Religious Workers, March 2006
Information about the nonimmigrant visa category for aliens proceeding to the
United States to work in a religious capacity.
Temporary Workers Overview
Information regarding the visa categories available for temporary workers.
Mexican and Canadian NAFTA Professional Worker
Information on TN visas.
Treaty Traders & Treaty Investors, March
Information for treaty traders and investors about the requirements and
application process for a nonimmigrant visa status.
Foreign Media, Press, and Radio
This webpage answers questions about the Media (l) Visa which is a nonimmigrant
visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily and who are
representatives of the foreign media traveling to the United States, engaging
in their profession, and having their home office in a foreign country.
Student Visas, June 2006
Information for student visa applicants.
Legal Requirements for F-1 Foreign Students in
Information on the legal requirements for F-1 foreign students in public
The Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training
Program (Walsh Visa Program)
Information on The Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of
1998 (Walsh Visa Program) .
Waiver of the J Visa Two-Year Foreign Residence
Information on the waiver of the J Visa two-year foreign residence requirement.
Revalidating (or Renewing) Diplomatic,
International Organization and NATO Visas in the U.S., June 2005
Information on renewing diplomatic visas while in the U.S.
Discontinuation of Visa Renewal/Revalidation
Information on renewals and revalidations of E,H,I,L,O and P visas.
Foreign Military Stationed in the United States
Visa information for foreign military stationed in the United States.
Visa Types for Immigrants
Information about immigrant visa types.
Internet link to current visa news.