Democracy, Freedom, and Apple Pie Aren’t a Foreign Policy -Foreign Policy


A short critique of liberal idealism’s influence on American foreign policy by Stephan Walt.

  • “The central problem is that liberalism does not tell us how to translate its moral absolutes into clear, effective strategies for bringing them about. Liberalism identifies a set of moral objectives — a blueprint that all societies are supposed to follow — but says little about what a liberal state should do if some foreign country or leader refuses to “do the right thing.”