The Conduct of Foreign Relations under Modern Democratic Conditions

The Conduct of Foreign Relations under Modern Democratic Conditions

The Conduct of Foreign Relations under Modern Democratic Conditions

The Conduct of Foreign Relations under Modern Democratic Conditions

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These are a series of papers contributed to a Round Table discussion at the Institute of Politics on the subject of The Conduct of Foreign Relations under Modern Democratic Conditions. They are based upon some practical experience and such study as could be crowded in with regular official duties. The effort has been to present in logical outline a subject of timely public interest upon which no important treatise has as yet been written. The treatment is of necessity hardly more than suggestive. It is hoped, however, that the sketch of democratic diplomacy in action and of the problem of the democratic control of foreign relations is accurate so far as it goes and will afford the public a readier insight into these important matters than has heretofore been available. The author's best hopes would be fulfilled if this publication would elicit from a more competent quarter the complete and scholarly treatment of the subject which is needed at the earliest possible moment.

It is almost unnecessary to add that statements and opinions are altogether personal and have no necessary connection whatever with the views of the Department of State or of any of its officers. Sources of information have been only those which are open to any diligent student.

I wish to record my appreciation of the personal assistance and encouragement which I have had from my colleagues in the Department of State, from the . . .

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