Moral Democratic Realism

Robert G. Kaufman

in In Defense of the Bush Doctrine

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124346
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134987 | DOI:
Moral Democratic Realism

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Leaning on the lessons of American diplomatic history, moral democratic realism takes into account the centrality of power and the constraints imposed by the dynamics of international politics, while placing due importance to ideals, ideology and regime types. Moral democratic realism is based on the understanding that the potential for war always exist as a consequence of human imperfections and that different regimes behave differently. It dictates that American foreign policy adheres to the imperatives of global politics and that the use of military force should be guided by the virtue of prudence. Combined with Judeo-Christian morality, the virtue of prudence should also help states determine the relative degrees of moral and geopolitical evils.

Keywords: moral democratic realism; American foreign policy; international politics; ideology; regime types; democracy; morality; prudence

Chapter.  5266 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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