Tools of Foreign Policy High School Questions

Help students understand the tools of foreign policy through these essay and discussion questions.


  1. Which tools are the most coercive? Which are the least coercive? Which tools are frequently combined?
  2. Which tools do you think are most important to U.S. security? Which least? Why? 
  3. How could using these tools be different for other countries? Could some work better or worse? 
  4. In what current events can we see countries using these tools today? 
  5. Which tools do you think should be used more often? Which less often? Why? 
  6. Do you think certain tools should have specific restrictions or be entirely off the table? Why?