Idealism And Realism Of The United States Essay

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Idealism and Realism are often depicted as caricatures of a foreign policy philosophy. Idealism considers broader international concerns and universal standards. Realism holds that serving the self-interest of the state provides the highest promise for providing international order. Idealism considers absolute gains; Realism privileges relative gains. Yet this tendency to over-generalize the schools of thought provides the false impression that U.S. policy is guided by homogenous forms of each tradition and under-appreciates the subtle role that both ideals and self-interest simultaneously play in foreign policy design, articulation, and implementation. Foreign policy consisted of both realism and idealism in the United States. The majority of the foreign policies were that of economic standard, and it is a known fact that the U.S. wasn’t trying to raise a different country’s economy. The U.S. was trying to improve their own economy. Foreign policy also led the U.S. to imperialism, in order to become a larger and more powerful country. It would seem a self-evident claim that national interest must play a significant role, if not a central one, in the formation of any state 's foreign policy. It would appear natural that the role of the state, in any situation, is primarily to further the interests of the society and people that it represents. This is the basis of its legitimacy and the reason of its very existence. I argue that for the majority of the time, and in most…

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