by David Adesnik, et al.
The Heritage Foundation
July 14, 2014
Future foreign policy leaders need more than expertise in particular policy areas. They also need the ability to appreciate and synthesize America’s traditions, values, and worldwide challenges into a grand strategy. While certain personal and intellectual qualities enable one to succeed when the chance arises, making good policy depends on having solid principles. What, precisely, are those principles? Does conservatism provide a framework for success in foreign policy and national security? Even the best principles bring with them enduring questions about their application, especially the need to distinguish between pragmatic compromise and unprincipled concession. In the end, there are no easy answers to be handed down from one generation to the next. Instead, there is the constant imperative to learn and debate in order to have the best chance to find the right balance between prudent hesitation and decisive action.

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