Accession Number : ADA195230

Title :   Pragmatism in the East Asian Policy of the United States.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Thompson, Richard D

PDF Url : ADA195230

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 110

Abstract : There is an ongoing debate between political theorists as to whether 'realism' or 'idealism' should guide the formulation and implementation of America's foreign policy. In general, policymakers have been characterized by one or the other of these labels based upon a loose conception of their overall policy objectives. Such generalities, however, give inadequate weight to the fact that a policymaker's most solemn commitment is to pursue the national interest, regardless of any other personal inclination. It is the hypothesis of this paper that the foreign policy process is a pragmatic one, based on practical assessments of the best and most likely methods of achieving national objectives, rather than adherence to an underlying commitment to realism or idealism. America's relations with Asia where presidents and other senior officials were compelled to make pragmatic foreign policy decisions despite reputations or personal inclinations toward either realism or idealism. Keywords: United States, Asia, Asian policy, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Soviet Union, Security policy, Decision making, Theses.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, ASIA, CHINA, DECISION MAKING, EAST(DIRECTION), HYPOTHESES, JAPAN, KOREA, PHILIPPINES, POLICIES, SECURITY, TAIWAN, THESES, UNITED STATES, USSR

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE