Kuehl and Gary B. Ostrower Internationalism in American foreign policy has had different meanings for nearly every generation of citizens and diplomats.
Kuehl and Gary B. Ostrower Internationalism in American foreign policy has had different meanings for nearly every generation of citizens and diplomats. It has been associated with all forms of external contact with the world, the relationships becoming more extensive and political with the passage of time.
As a foreign policy, it has usually been viewed as the antithesis of isolationism, and in that sense it has involved political commitments or "entanglements" through multinational treaties as well as membership in international organizations.
In a broader context, it has also encompassed official and unofficial nonpolitical activities—economic, social, cultural, and scientific—usually evidenced through affiliation with specialized international societies or agencies. Some internationalists have thought in terms of a universal community, a broad brotherhood of people with common concerns, needs, and aspirations that exists as a reality beyond the confines of nation-states.
In recent times, internationalism has taken on a new meaning under a doctrine of responsibility, with the United States assuming the burden of "policeman of the world," both unilaterally and multilaterally.
Early Americans understood that international law applied to them as they redefined their relationships toward their neighbors and their mother country. William Penn reflected the cosmopolitan atmosphere when he drafted his Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace of Europein which he called for a congress of states to promote stability.
Evidence of a broad perspective also appeared in a colonial union, the New England Confederation ofand in the suggestion for joint action embodied in the Albany Plan of Such experiences, as well as an awareness of the Iroquois League of the Five Nations, may explain why revolutionary leaders like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine spoke favorably of an international organization.
Certainly, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of revealed a general awareness that sovereign states could combine to promote their interests. Events during and after the Revolution related to the treaty of alliance with Franceas well as difficulties arising over the neutrality policy pursued during the French revolutionary wars and the Napoleonic wars, encouraged another perspective.
A desire for separateness and unilateral freedom of action merged with national pride and a sense of continental safety to foster the policy of isolation. Although the United States maintained diplomatic relations and economic contacts abroad, it sought to restrict these as narrowly as possible in order to retain its independence.
Not until did an American delegate attend an international conference. Even so, Secretary of State William H. Seward reflected prevailing views by refusing to sign an multilateral treaty related to the Red Cross. The United States did not subscribe to such a convention until Thereafter, cooperation on economic and social matters seemed acceptable, but political issues, especially those involving Europe, were generally avoided until the end of the century.
As early as the s the American Peace Society, under the direction of William Laddsponsored essay contests concerning international organization, and in Ladd utilized many of the ideas in drafting his wellknown Essay on a Congress of Nations.
His proposal for both a political body and a judicial agency gained considerable public notice through petition and educational campaigns during the ensuing years. Several societies emerged to promote the codification of international rules of behavior and to encourage the settlement of disputes through arbitration by a third party.
These were not new ideas, but leading citizens in many nations around the turn of the twentieth century seized upon the arbitration concept to guarantee a warless world. This activity contributed substantially to the evolution of thought concerning an international organization. As countries signed arbitration accords, men—and a few women—began to think beyond such limited agreements.
Agencies would be needed to implement the treaties; laws would have to be codified. As John Westlake, an English law professor, observed, "When we assert that there is such a thing as International Law, we assert that there is a society of States; when we recognize that there is a society of States, we recognize that there is International Law.
Most were disputes involving monetary and boundary claims and questions arising under treaty clauses; this discouraged pacifists, who hoped to see accords calling for all controversies to be arbitrated.
They rallied to promote their goal, gaining public endorsement in the s. The Lake Mohonk New York Conference on International Arbitration, which began in and met annually throughunited American civic, business, religious, and educational leaders in a quest to institutionalize arbitration.
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