Theories of National Interest
One of the gravest obstacles to a commonly acceptable definition of national interest is the fundamental disagreement between those who conceive it broadly and hence rather vaguely and those who try to pin it down to a number of concrete single interests, elements, factors, functions or dimensions; all these terms are used without clear distinction in a partly differentiated but mainly overlapping manner.
KeywordsForeign Policy International System National Interest Power Theory Domestic Politics
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