America's national security depends on a strong national defense, effective intelligence capabilities, and proactive engagement in International Affairs. New global relationships, advances in technology and communications, new forms of regional instability, and an obligation to safeguard our nation from the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction and preventable environmental degradation -- all form the basis of a new, more complex International Affairs policy agenda. Our success in pursuing this agenda will materially impact the lives of this and future generations of Americans. To succeed, America must lead. Although International Affairs programs and activities comprise barely one percent of all federal budget expenditures, they are the substance of US relationships with the rest of the world. Funds distributed over four cabinet departments, nine agencies, and several foundations and international organizations are the conduits of American influence. The Congressional Presentation for Foreign Operations provides the fiscal year 1998 budget request and justification for the Function 150 accounts of the federal budget within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Appropriations, Subcommittees on Foreign Operations. This Presentation includes an explanation of U.S. foreign policy objectives, strategies, resources, and performance indicators by function and region.