Liberal internationalism is a doctrine of foreign policy that has as its principal objectives to bring about peace, political liberty, and economic prosperity through the spread of constitutional democracy and the principles on which it is based. These principles can be understood in terms of two basic emphases, though the division between them is not to be taken as definitive. There are indeed many different perspectives held by liberal internationalists regarding what ends ought to be pursued and by what means. In any event, the first basic emphasis is commercial, and accordingly it seeks to promote free trade both internally, or at an intrastate level, and externally, at an interstate level. The second emphasis is institutional, and seeks to establish sovereign states which uphold the rule of law, protecting the liberty of their citizens by ensuring that they have the right to consent to the formation of any given political institutions and the policies advanced by those...
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