Ethnic interest groups usually strive to influence foreign and domestic policies of a country which they live in and they frequently try to move forward the interest of their ethnic kin through the ethnic lobbies. Since the 1970s, ethnic interest groups, like other interest groups have increasingly become active in U.S. foreign policy and various groups including Jews, Armenians, Greeks, and Cubans have sought to impact U.S. foreign policy toward their kin states. In the past thirty years, a number of books have been published on the influence of ethnic interest groups on U.S. foreign policy. However, until recently, the U.S. foreign policy literature has not deeply examined changing dynamics of ethnic groups in the United States’ foreign policy process. In addition, there is increasing debate in the literature on the role of ethnic interest groups on U.S. foreign policy. To see what extend do ethnic interest groups influence American foreign policy, this literature review has sought to find answers to these three critical research questions: How much access do ethnic interest groups have to U.S. Congress? What roles do ethnic interest groups play in the foreign policy process? Do ethnic interest groups actually influence foreign policy?
United States, Foreign Policy, Ethnic Interest Groups, Diasporas, Lobbying.