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By J. Hulsman

This paintings appears at competing, overarching, guiding rules for American international coverage within the post-Cold warfare period, not just through delineating those trust platforms but in addition by way of linking them to present international coverage actors in Congress and the administrative department. The ebook perfects a device, schools-of-thought research, which relates idea to political techniques and particular policymakers. it's an try to either classify and study the highbrow and political nature of the post-Cold warfare period.

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1 To survive, states must constantly think of their immediate welfare. Nco-realists still see the promotion of a state's immediate selfish interests as the supreme goal in foreign policy. They acknowledge that the concept of national interest is ambiguous and changeable. As that arch neo-realist Henry Kissinger commented, the national interest, 'must be adapted to changing circumstances'. 2 A hallmark of neo-realism is this tactical flexibility. As circumstances and not ideology or consensus determine policy, nco-realists pride themselves on promoting practical policy initiatives.

Firstly, neo-realists still see states as the major actors in world affairs, despite the rise of international organizations such as the UN and EU. The billiard-ball theory of International Relations, with the interaction of entities (balls hitting one another) still centered at the state level, is seen by neo-realists as accurately expressing the international political scene. Secondly, states behave as unitary rational agents. Despite the rise of fashionable theories such as bureaucratic politics, neorealists still believe that states basically act coherently and can define their own best interests.

Critics of democratism argue democratists place too much 7he Democratists 37 faith in the ability of free elections to solve deep-seated social problems. Despite these gneral theoretical criticisms and its lack of anything like majority support, democratism remains a viable major school of thought of American foreign policy in the new world order. It offers a coherent view of the new era, and a bullish triumphalist defense of the democratic values its adherents believe led to Western victory in the Cold War.

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