May 1, 2014

A Call for Conservative Internationalism

Henry Nau, The American Interest

A third way is possible. It combines the best of the existing approaches and leaves the worst on the cutting-room floor. It seeks to improve the world system and spread freedom, as liberal internationalism does; it uses, but disciplines, force with priorities and compromise, as realism does; and it does not surrender control to international institutions but preserves American sovereignty, as nationalism does. It is an internationalist approach but with conservative brakes—a conservative rather than a liberal internationalism.

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TAGGED: Neoconservatism, Realism, Foreign Policy, United States, U.S. Foreign Policy, Conservative Internationalism

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