Political Theory

Realism, Order, and Liberty in International Politics according to Lord Salisbury and George Kennan


This conference engaged questions of national self-interest, the role of foreign policy in establishing a regime of liberty, and the relationship of self-interest and principle through the works of two leading realists in the Anglo-American tradition, whose perspectives combine wide reading in history and philosophy with practical experience of international politics: Lord Salisbury and George Kennan.


Conference Readings

Randolph, John. Speech on the Greek Cause. Edited by Eighteenth Congress. Washington, D.C.: Eighteenth Congress, 1823-1824.

Adams, John Quincy. Speech on Independence Day (July 4, 1821) [An Address, Delivered at the Request of the Committee of Arrangements for Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1821.

Kennan, George F. “On American Principles.” Foreign Affairs (Spring March/April 1995): 116-126.

Kennan, George F. American Diplomacy: Expanded Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951, 1979.

Morgenthau, Hans. Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, 5th Edition. Edited by Albert A. Michelson and Leonard Davis. New York City: Knopf, 1978.

Salisbury, Lord. "Lord Castlereagh ." The Quarterly Review 111 (January 1862): 201-238.

Salisbury, Lord. "The Terms of Peace." The Quarterly Review 129 (October 1870): 540-556.

The War Correspondence of the 'Daily News', 1870. "Political Lessons of the War." The Quarterly Review 130 (January 1871): 256-286.