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Woodrow Wilson and American Diplomacy Until early in the twentieth century the isolationist tendency prevailed in American foreign policy Then two factors projected America into world affairs its rapidly expanding power and the gradual collapse of the international system centered on Europe President Woodrow Wilson was the leader who would initiate the ideologies of American diplomacy in the twentieth century Up until his Presidency American foreign policy was simply to fulfill the course of manifest destiny and to remain free of entanglements overseas Although he could not convince his fellow politicians on Capitol Hill of the probable success of his ideas he did persuade the fellow writers of the Treaty of Versailles to use his Fourteen Points Americas role as a political global superpower was established during his Presidency as well as the modern policy that peace depends on the spread of democracy and that national interest consists of adhering to a global system of law The formation of modern American diplomacy can not only be attributed to Wilson for the policies of Theodore Roosevelt are what initiated his diplomatic policies Roosevelt convinced Congress to strengthen the Army and Navy and began major involvement in European affairs His foreign policy regarding the Caribbean followed the policy of the Monroe Doctrine that to maintain order in the Caribbean foreign nations could not be involved however Roosevelt did not follow the Doctrine to the extent of forceful evacuation of the Americas he did use diplomatic means He prevented European warfare in Venezuela by negotiating with the involved nations He found that it was Americas duty just as all other powerful nations duties to police the world and maintain order The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine was issued and it stated that America would be the police force of the Americas and that European intervention was not necessary This major step showed that America had no goals in obtaining new territories in the Caribbean
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