Democratic Realism
An American Foreign Policy for a Unipolar World

  • Title:

    Democratic Realism
  • Format:

    Paperback
  • Paperback Price:

    5.00
  • Paperback ISBN:

    0-8447-1388-0
  • Paperback Dimensions:

    5.5'' x 8.5''
  • 21 Paperback pages
  • Buy the Book

Download file The full text of this lecture is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

In this essay, delivered as the Irving Kristol Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute in February 2004, Charles Krauthammer examines four contending schools of American foreign policy: isolationism, liberal internationalism, realism, and democratic globalism. After analyzing the sources and merits of each school, he concludes that a variant of realism and democratic globalism, which he calls democratic realism, is best suited to America's position of preeminent power and the challenges of confronting and subduing Arab-Islamic fanaticism. We will support democracy everywhere, but we will commit blood and treasure only in places where there is a strategic necessity--meaning, places central to the larger war against the existential enemy, the enemy that poses a global mortal threat to freedom.


Charles Krauthammer is one of America's foremost political essayists and widely read columnists. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Washington Post that appears in more than 125 newspapers worldwide and a monthly essay for Time magazine, and contributes frequently to The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, and other journals. He also appears regularly on Inside Washington and FOX News. Mr. Krauthammer is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism, the Bradley Prize for promotion of liberal democracy and American institutions, and, on the occasion of the presentation of this essay, the American Enterprise Institute's highest award, the Irving Kristol Award.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine

What's new on AEI

image Recovering from tax time blues
image 10 welfare reform lessons
image Let HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell explain Obamacare lie
image Why bold ideas backfire in politics
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 14
    MON
  • 15
    TUE
  • 16
    WED
  • 17
    THU
  • 18
    FRI
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Calling treason by its name: A conversation with Liam Fox

Join us at AEI as the Right Honorable Liam Fox sits down with Marc Thiessen to discuss and debate whether America’s intelligence agencies have infringed on the personal privacy of US citizens.

Event Registration is Closed
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The curmudgeon's guide to getting ahead

How can young people succeed in workplaces dominated by curmudgeons who are judging their every move? At this AEI book event, bestselling author and social scientist Charles Murray will offer indispensable advice for navigating the workplace, getting ahead, and living a fulfilling life.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.