“Foreign policy” is a concept that presupposes for interpretive/explanatory or normative purposes that we can understand and evaluate the perspective of a nation-state or its representatives making decisions based on reasons or other motivations. These decisions are about how to interact, particularly with foreign governments, but also with other foreign collective entities beyond the borders of the decision-making nation-state. Most obviously, foreign policy is concerned with matters of war and peace, security threats, trade, immigration, and other matters of major international import. To “understand and evaluate the perspective of a nation-state” does not necessarily imply that this perspective is regarded as a true view, nor that we approve by some normative standard (e.g., global justice) what is decided or on what basis. In an age of globalization, the facts and normative standards by which foreign policy should be judged are particularly liable to increasing contestation...
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