National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy

Tony Smith

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI:
 National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy

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This chapter elaborates on the concept of ‘national security liberalism’, i.e. the idea that promoting democracy abroad is not only morally correct but is also in the self‐interest of US. It examines the role played by liberalism in American foreign policy throughout history, both as an expression of America's values and as a means to achieve pragmatic ends. In the last section, it underlines the limits of democracy promotion as an American foreign policy tool.

Keywords: democracy promotion; foreign policy; liberalism; national security; pragmatism; self‐interest; USA; values

Chapter.  8647 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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