Realism and Its Rivals

To see realist strategies adopted even as they are denounced would be, in our view, no small success.

Issue: Winter 1993-1994

In the premier issue of this magazine, we stated the assumptions its editors shared:

--that the primary and overriding purpose of American foreign policy must be to defend and advance the national interest of the United States (an interest that encompasses the values and aspirations of the American people, as well as their security from external threat and their material well-being);

--that, for better or worse, international politics remains essentially power politics, and that the efficacy of military power in the conduct of foreign policy remains undiminished;

--that the Soviet Union constitutes the single greatest threat to America's interests, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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