ERIC Number: ED225933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-27
U.S. Foreign Policy: Illusions of Powerlessness and Realities of Power.
The foreign policy of the United States has not taken into consideration the dynamics of world politics and the kinds of power required to participate in it. Foreign policy makers need a post-Kissinger, post-Brzezinski doctrine that corrects the distorted focus on U.S.-Soviet relations as on our central problem, accepts the inherent linkage between arms control and other world policies, recognizes that modernization in developing nations is the engine of international insecurity, and ceases to divide U.S. policy into domestic and foreign questions. The concept of national security as military defense must be enlarged to encompass oil, global environmental risks, population growth, refugees, terrorists, global inflation, and the implications of mutual assured destruction. Similarly, the centerpiece of world order politics is the management of modernization in third world countries and the awareness that social upheavals bring about disintegration of governance. Also, the distinction between domestic and foreign policy is obsolete; so-called domestic decisions about agricultural subsidies, unemployment, energy conservation, and other matters are enormously important to every nation. The leadership needed to effect a foreign policy change requires the capacity to educate whole populations. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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