Under What Conditions (If Ever) Should States Become Involved in Domestic Political Situations of Other Countries

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It has previously been held that, the States should not interfere with the domestic political affairs of other countries, since all sovereign states should have complete control of their own citizenry, free from outside interference. This is in line with the Policy Agenda of the U.S. Department of State which states that the goals of the foreign policy are “to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community” (Kissinger 2001, p4)

The foreign policy of the United States is the guiding principle for which the United States interacts with foreign nations and sets standards of interaction for its corporations, and even its citizens.

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Such is the case in Rwanda. The United States were slow in making a decision on whether to interfere or not. Three months later thousands of people had been killed in man slaughter, massive property had been destroyed and the country was in a complete state of anarchy.
No clause in the UN charter rules out recognition that there are rights beyond borders. What the charter does say is that “armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest.” This statement becomes ambiguous in many respects. For instance it does not define what common interest is. Moreover, it is not clear who among all the nations shall decide what common interest is, and who shall define it (yahooanswers.com). Thus as Thomas Jefferson put it, "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations --- entangling alliances with none."
Summary from the literature review
Interference in the domestic politics of other nations has various issues to it. Firstly, there is the intention of the United

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