extends to basic motivations. The democratic peace is one of the most prominent areas of research that this perspective can address, but it is just one of several perspectives and research questions where this study can make contributions.
Finally, as mentioned earlier, it seemed important to provide a few points of reference for how the basic assumptions define how this study fits in the broader literature on foreign policy decision making. This will continue when possible. The argument in the next chapter focuses on how press freedom shapes the translation of leadership foreign policy choices into costs and benefits for the leader.