Robert Osgood's Analysis

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The United States’ foreign policy should be based on the ideals of equality and justice in the cause of securing human rights and increasing living standards globally. In Ideals and Self-Interest in America's Foreign Relations, Robert Osgood asserts, “An idealistic policy undisciplined by political realism is bound to be unstable and ineffective; political realism unguided by moral purpose will be self-defeating and futile.”[1] His declaration appears to recommend that a combination of both self interest and ideals are necessary in successful foreign policy. As Jonathan Tkachuk observes, “While Osgood acknowledges the legitimate role idealism has in shaping American foreign relation, he does so only to the extent that a failure to cede a public

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