A leading principle of international relations theory is that the highest priority of states is to ensure security.  As George Kennan formulates the standard view, government is created “to assure order and justice internally and to provide for the common defense,” often termed defense of the national interest.  To move to the present, in the current issue of the journal National Interest a leading realist scholar formulates the doctrine as holding that  “the structure of the international system forces countries concerned about their security to compete with each other for power,” the core feature of raison d’etat.  …

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