The Bush administration has coined a foreign-policy doctrine. President George W. Bush, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of State Colin Powell herald "the new realism." Think you know what they are up to? OK, then fill in the blank: The "new realism" is _______. If you find the blank hard to fill, don’t worry; so would most of today's international-relations scholars. Indeed, one fundamental problem with the Bush administration's new doctrine is that "realism" no longer has any real intellectual coherence.
Copyright © 2001, The FP Group. This article first appeared in Foreign Policy, no. 125 (Jul.-Aug., 2001), 80-82.
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Legro, Jeffrey W., and Andrew Moravcsik. "Faux Realism: Spin vs. Substance in the Bush Foreign-Policy Doctrine." Foreign Policy, no. 125 (Jul.-Aug., 2001): 80-82.