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The President and the Treaty

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Abstract

The President is the principal policy-maker for the United States in foreign affairs, but his program does not automatically become the foreign policy of the nation. He cannot dictate to his major competitors or allies abroad; he cannot enforce his will on all of his opponents; and his ability to secure agreement among the diverse offices of the federal bureaucracy is at best restricted. The President’s constituencies can both strengthen and weaken his position; his dependency on others to supply him with information and to carry out his directives may severely limit him; competition within the executive branch may dilute his policies or require him to expend limited resources to consolidate his position; and attention devoted to one issue diverts him from other issues.

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Foreign Policy Executive Branch Soviet Leader Atmospheric Testing Cuban Missile Crisis 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1970

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