The Making of Foreign Policy: On Paradigms and Grand Strategies

Michal Eskenazi August 2015
Policy Papers and Reports / Strengthening Israel's Foreign Policy

A foreign policy paradigm is the way policy makers perceive their country’s foreign policy goals and their country’s political and military position in the international community. The strategy used to implement this foreign policy paradigm serves as a link between many discrete components of policymaking. It represents a state’s grand strategy, which aligns foreign and domestic policy, advances the country’s interests in interaction with the policies of other countries in the international system, and helps with the allocation of resources between short-term needs and long-term goals. This essay analyzes the concept of a foreign policy paradigm and its link to grand strategy, discusses its effect on foreign policy, and considers situations in which foreign policy paradigms might change.

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