George Washington.1732-1799George Washington the America's first president upon becoming president of the United States, almost immediately set two critical foreign policy precedents: He assumed control of treaty negotiations with a hostile power, and then asked for congressional approval once they were finalized.
John Adams.1735-1826John Adams, a Federalist & America's second president, conducted a foreign policy that was at once cautious, underrated and paranoid. He sought to maintain Washington's neutral foreign policy stance, but increasingly found himself grappling with France in the so-called Quasi War.
Thomas Jefferson.1743-1826Thomas Jefferson third president of United States was equating the national interests of the United States with the interests of human freedom and progress. But the epitome of the warfare state is the entire European state system, and Jefferson therefore desired isolation from the quarrels and the wars of Europe.
James Madison.1751-1836Madison fourth president foreign policies were guided by his republican ideals and his faith in the strength of the expanding U.S. economy. A series of acts aimed to display foreign dependence on the U.S. economy followed, including the Embargo Act of 1807 and the Non-Intercourse Act of 1809.
James Monroe.1758-1831James Monroe, the fifth U.S. president, oversaw major westward expansion of the U.S. and strengthened American foreign policy in 1823 with the Monroe Doctrine, a warning to European countries against further colonization and intervention in the Western Hemisphere.