American Foreign Policy: Three Essays

American Foreign Policy: Three Essays

American Foreign Policy: Three Essays

American Foreign Policy: Three Essays

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The essays brought together in this volume approach questions of foreign policy from somewhat different angles. In "Domestic Structure and Foreign Policy" I consider the difficulties introduced into the conduct of international affairs in a world composed of nations with widely different social and political systems. In the second essay, "Issues of American Foreign Policy," I focus particularly on the need for developing a new concept of international order based on political multipolarity in a world in which two powers possess overwhelming military strength. Finally, in "The Vietnam Negotiations," my concern is with the peace negotiations on Vietnam: the lessons that have been learned from the proceedings and the advantages of first seeking agreement among the contending parties on ultimate goals and then working back to details that will implement them. All these essays were written before I took leave from the faculty of Harvard.

"Domestic Structure and Foreign Policy" first appeared in the Spring 1966 issue of Daedalus (Vol. 95, No. 2, of the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences); "Central Issues of American Foreign Policy" was a contribu-

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