Progressive realism

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Progressive realism is an American foreign policy paradigm largely made popular by Robert Wright in 2006[1] which focuses on producing measurable results in pursuit of widely supported goals.[2] It supports stronger international institutions, free trade, and US national interests.[2] Progressive realists' beliefs are similar to neoconservatives in that foreign interests, such as national defense and participation in the United Nations, serves national interests.[3] They feel that economic interdependence, the environment and global security makes international governance serve national interest.[3][4] The policy emphasizes the need to convert"hard" military power and "soft" attractive power into "smart" power.[5]


  1. ^ Hynd, Steve (23 June 2009). "Progressive Realism And Iran". Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Greg Anrig (July 20, 2006). "Why democrats should pursue "progressive realism" at home.". Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Wright, Robert (31 December 1969). "'Progressive realism': In search of a foreign policy - Editorials & Commentary - International Herald Tribune". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Nye, Joseph (21 August 2006). "Progressive Realism". Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Joseph Nye (August 31, 2006). "Progressive realism in foreign policy". Retrieved 13 January 2011.