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In countries like Iran Yemen Venezuela and Syria where there is conflict mass suffering and/or tensions with the United States

In countries like Iran Yemen Venezuela and Syria where there is conflict mass suffering and/or tensions with the United States should American foreign policy be guided by idealism or realism or some combination of the two?Explain

 

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Globalism (or globalization) has accelerated over the last 50 years. Today we live live in an interdependent world in which global problems like global pandemics (e.g. COVID-19) infectious diseases climate change terrorism and so on know no borders. In countries like Iran Yemen Venezuela and Syria where there is conflict mass suffering and/or tensions with the United States should American foreign policy be guided by idealism or realism or some combination of the two?

Read the following article and post a response to this question.

Click Here for the article by Stephen Walt “The World Wants You to Think Like a Realist.”

The World Wants You to Think Like a Realist

In addition to the article by Stephen Walt you can find information on Realism and Idealism as philosophies of foreign policy by searching and reading my Lecture Notes. You can also easily find information on Realism vs. Idealism online with a simple Google search.

Again in the first paragraph write about some idea or ideas that you learned found interesting. This doesn’t require a long reading of this short article. In the second paragraph offer an opinion. For example “In my opinion American foreign policy should be guided by a Realist approach because… Or In my opinion American foreign policy should be guided by Idealism because… Or American foreign policy should be guided by a combination of Realism and Idealism because…”

Keep trying to figure out where you stand are you a realist or are you an idealist? An idealist thinks about how the world should be. An idealist considers ethics and morality in foreign policy. For example if we as a nation stand for principles of liberty freedom political equality and civil right and liberties then an idealist would argue that the American government should use it power to promote human rights democracy etc. around the world. And it should work with international institutions like the United Nations to reform governments to govern in the way we think they should. A Realist by contrast sees the world more like social Darwanism a world of survival of the fittest. Each country should focus on their own national interest and be self interested. The Trump Administration’s “America First” slogan and approach to foreign policy is guided by a Realist philosophy to foreign affairs/policy.

Again where do you stand? Are you a Realist or an Idealist?