The African Union and Foreign Policy
"Foreign policy is a set of principles of governments that defines their external relations with other countries. It also serves as an instrument to achieve the national interests of a nation. In implementing their foreign policy, governments manage their relations worldwide through their foreign ministries, embassies and consulates. In general terms, the foreign policy of governments are targeting in promoting national interests, mainly economic, political, and security interests. In achieving their foreign policy governments use several ways that range from peaceful negotiation and diplomacy to the use of military power. Some countries have developed their foreign policy towards continents. For instance, the US and the People’s Republic of China have designed their foreign policy towards Africa. In their policy they mention what kind of relationships they want to establish with the continent. On the other hand, the European Union, which is not a sovereign state, has also developed its own foreign policy for dealing with international affairs."