- Mary L. Hanna
What I’ve learned about U.S. Foreign Policy: The Against the Third World Video compilation by
This Video compilation consists of clips and videos documenting United States foreign policy present a less known history of United States international involvement. Throughout the video clips are included discussion of actions taken by the United States government and elites that are outside the purview of both International and American law. These clips depict the actions of a global hegemon, the United States, taking actions in order to garner and maintain global influence. From the CIA backed overthrow of governments in Iran and Guatemala to attacks by the United States against civilian populations in Panama.
While the film contained no comprehensive analysis of the clips and videos it compiled, the juxtaposition of the various pieces information presents a reality in stark contrast with many portrayals of American exceptionalism. To me, this film becomes makes the most sense when viewed through International Relations balance of power theory. In the films 10 different segments, the United States foreign policy is repeatedly presented as seeking to gain power, while undermining other world powers even at the expense of traditional American ideals.
Though I wish the film included a broader analysis to tie the wide range of ideas together, overall I certainly believe this video compilation is worth watching. Whether or not you agree with the perspective it presents, its depiction of the United States as a flawed actor in a complex international system can provide valuable insight into current and future United States foreign affairs.