Morality and Foreign Policy: Realpolitik Revisited

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Focusing on post-World War II American foreign policy and its intellectual architect, George Kennan, this volume explores the moral dimensions of realpolitik and the ethical dilemmas posed by present-day politics. Is Kennan responsible for persuading the U.S. foreign policy establishment that morality should go by the wayside? Or was Kennan right to regard as "presumptuous" the idea that Americans should tell other societies how to behave? Kennan gives his own influential view in an article reprinted here from ...
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Overview

Focusing on post-World War II American foreign policy and its intellectual architect, George Kennan, this volume explores the moral dimensions of realpolitik and the ethical dilemmas posed by present-day politics. Is Kennan responsible for persuading the U.S. foreign policy establishment that morality should go by the wayside? Or was Kennan right to regard as "presumptuous" the idea that Americans should tell other societies how to behave? Kennan gives his own influential view in an article reprinted here from Foreign Affairs (1985/96). (Workshop 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878379092
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96

Meet the Author

Kenneth M. Jensen is currently Executive Director of The American Committees on Foreign Relations. Previously he was the director of special programs at the United States Institute of Peace.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Morality and National Security 1
Universal Morality 21
What Kennan Really Said 27
Power and Ethics in the Third World 33
Equal Necessity 37
A Discussion of Morality and Foreign Policy 41
Appendix: "Morality and Foreign Policy" 59
Participants in the Public Workshop 77
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