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American Democracy PromotionImpulses, Strategies, and Impacts$
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Michael Cox, John Ikenberry, and Takashi Inoguchi

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240973.001.0001

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National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy

National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy

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(p.85) 4 National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy
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American Democracy Promotion
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Tony Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199240973.003.0005

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

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