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Factors Influencing the Formulation of American Foreign Policy LO-01
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Philosophical Underpinnings Rights of Individual v. Rights of Society Influenced by Age of Enlightenment Hobbes v. Locke Complicates America’s ability to fashion coherent policies Right to Revolution v. Aversion to Violence Nature of the “Social Contract” Cuba, VN in 1960s Central America in 1970s Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Chechnya1990s More recently Ossetia Utopianism v. Pragmatism America = “City on the Hill” Values v. interests Rational Accommodation of Reasonable Interests
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Unformatted text preview: Geography • Free Security • Vast Oceans • Weak Neighbors • Friendly Br rules the waves • Concept of Isolationism • Sense of Community • New Opportunities • Two Spheres – Europe and America Peculiarities of American Character • Sense of Mission • Domestic Affairs over Foreign Affairs • Fickle Nature of Public Opinion • Withdrawal v. Interventionist Syndrome • Swings between Optimism and Pessimism • Superiority v. Inferiority Syndrome • Emphasis on Short-term over the Long-term • Anti-intellectual/Counter Strategy Cult...
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