A Global Good Neighbor Ethic for International Relations

Local values for global neighbors

| May 12, 2005

On May 16, the International Relations Center (IRC), a policy studies institute, will release a report on their Global Good Neighbor initiative. The project will outline the principles of a US foreign policy that would be driven not by doctrine or ideology, but by ethics that are deeply American: the golden rule, personal responsibility, common sense, and human decency.

IRC's vision is modeled after the Good Neighbor policy introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. Working from the idea that international relations should be grounded in self-respect and the respect of others, FDR shifted US policy away from racial and economic imperialism toward a global leadership based on cooperation with other nations.

The world has drastically changed since FDR's time, but the spirit of his policy is particularly relevant to our increasingly global world. According to the IRC summary, the Global Good Neighbor initiative is based on principles like improving domestic quality of life, supporting sustainable development at home and abroad, and having a government that is accountable, transparent, and a true reflection of the American people.
-- Grace Hanson

Go there >>Executive Summary, A Global Good Neighbor Ethic for International Relations

Go there too >>Good Neighbor Initiative

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