May 1, 2014

It's Time for Conservative Internationalism

Henry Nau, The American Interest

The Associated Press

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

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