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Ethics and International Relations: Ethics in Foreign Policy, Vol. II
Ethics and International Relations: Ethics in Foreign Policy, Vol. II
Edited by Kenneth W. Thompson
Transaction Books, 1985, 140 pp
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This little book merits a careful reading. For ideologues, the answers are predetermined; for Machiavellians, the questions are irrelevant; for the rest of us, the problem of the balance between moral standards and political possibilities is ever present in the formulation of foreign policy. The essays here are by distinguished authorities in the fields of constitutional law, history, government, economics and international relations. All deal, one way or another, with the dilemmas of the cold war, and John Lewis Gaddis contributes a perceptive historical study specifically directed to that subject.