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In Defense of the Bush Doctrine$
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Robert G. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124346

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124346.001.0001

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Moral Democratic Realism

Moral Democratic Realism

(p.87) 5 Moral Democratic Realism
In Defense of the Bush Doctrine

Robert G. Kaufman

University Press of Kentucky

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

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