President Woodrow Wilson's foreign policy was called aggressive moral diplomacy. According to Wilson himself, he initiated a foreign policy founded upon moral principles rather than materialism and economic self-interests.
When he became president, Wilson's initial foreign policy focus was on Latin American and Caribbean nations. He initially spoke of allowing these countries the ability to exercise independence and self-determination. He ultimately adopted one caveat that required these nations to follow democratic principles. One of Wilson's primary achievements as president was spearheading the creation of an international body called the League of Nations. The League of Nations is the predecessor to the United Nations.Learn More
Failures of Woodrow Wilson included the dissolution of his Fourteen Points plan, the screening of the racist film "The Birth of a Nation" in the White House and allowing parts of the government to remain segregated. He also suffered a stroke and was physically incapable of performing some of his duties as president, which reduced his influence.Full Answer >
The Fourteen Points stated by Woodrow Wilson were important for peace and ethics, and used mainly to motivate the Allied forces. The points were highlighted in a speech Woodrow gave to the United States Congress in 1918.Full Answer >
Woodrow Wilson's 14 points failed as France was seeking harsher punishments for Germany following WWI, the countries of Europe were interested in maintaining their imperial assets and he faced political opposition in the U.S. While not all of Wilson's points were implemented, they did result in the Treaty of Versailles being less harsh than it would have been without his input.Full Answer >
The State Department specifies four clearly established goals that it follows when making and carrying out foreign policy: to Protect the United States and its citizens, further American interests in the world (such as advancing economic prosperity and human rights), promote understanding of American values and support U.S. government officials.Full Answer >