Essay heading: For what purposes do US presidents construct doctrines and do they have a defining impact on US foreign policy or are they merely rhetoric?

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Unveiled by President James Monroe in his State of the Union Address in December 1823, the doctrine contained two main points. Firstly, the United States would commit to a policy of non-colonisation, with Monroe saying that ‘the American continents…are henceforth not to be considered as subjects to future colonisation by any European powers’ (Avalon Project, 1996)...
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Hart (1916) suggests that this part of the doctrine came about due to the fact that it is ‘common sense’ that the US is ‘by right more interested in American affairs, both on the northern and southern continents, than any European power can possibly be’. Secondly, Monroe warned that any attempt by the European powers to extend their territories in the Western hemisphere would be viewed by the United States as ‘dangerous to our peace and safety’ and ‘the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition towards the United States’ (Avalon Project, 1996)...
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