Saturday, August 20, 2005

Realism and Democratic Foreign Policy

John Ikenberry has an interesting and useful post up at TPM Cafe that touches on the relationship between "liberal" and "realist" schools in international relations theory and current orientations among Republican and Democratic policy makers. It struck me as a useful corrective to the utterly obsolete view that Dems are the stary-eyed idealists, and Republicans the hard-headed realists, when it comes to questions of power and foreign affairs. Anyone who still thinks this is the case, has been asleep for the last four years.

My comment elaborating on the point is here. Cafe denizen Dan K's thoughts on the matter are also worth checking out.


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