Value-Driven Foreign Policy: An Unpractical Ideal or Contemporary Necessity?

Value-Driven Foreign Policy: An Unpractical Ideal or Contemporary Necessity?

Is value-based statecraft an oxymoron? Relations between countries have traditionally been predicated by self-interest. The current declaration by several countries echoing “America First”, has only reiterated this fundamental principle. At the same time, transnational agreements beginning with the Peace of Westphalia in the 17th century, accepted the need for restraint in the undiluted pursuit of…