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…

Values and Interest of Myanmar Foreign Policy under  President U Thein Sein

Values and Interest of Myanmar Foreign Policy under President U Thein Sein

Foreign policies are the ways and strategies of the governments’ actions in their external relations in the international arena. In formulating foreign policy, the adherence of their values and interests plays a central role in the decision-making process of every state. In case of Myanmar, the diversity of historical heritage, culture, geographical location, economic needs…