September 10, 2009

America Must Talk to Its Enemies

H. Allen Holmes, World Politics Review

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In recent years, many American officials have regarded withholding diplomatic relations as a way to punish countries for actions ranging from human rights abuses, to failure to abide by international law, to specific treaty violations and acts of war. But state-to-state relations among nations provide an essential framework for the conduct of foreign relations. Having no relations, and the resulting prolonged absence of a diplomatic presence in a country, seriously handicaps America's ability to achieve major foreign policy and national security goals. Diplomatic relations should therefore always be maintained, unless security requires closing the embassy.

Those who argue that withholding relations can be used to correct a nation's undesirable behavior do so under the belief...

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TAGGED: Iran, Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy

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