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10 When we look more carefully, viewpoints that appear entirely “idealist” at the first glance, can also be purported to national interest as an argument that looks very convincing. 11 National interest, therefore, is not something that can be taken for granted and debate about it is always possible. This point of view is also held by those “realists” who are, in fact, closer to geopoliticians, according to whom a state may have certain “eternal” interests due to its specific position, either geographically or systemically.

6 He was thinking of the sovereign and his interest, namely, the interest of his state. Members of the influential American realist school had the same thing in mind when they suggested that all US governments should primarily look after the national interest, acting in a state which is not national in the usual sense, since its populace represents a group of people of very different ethnic origins. 7 The preservation, survival and prosperity of the state are, therefore, the key motives of governments in international relations, and this is how it should be.

His thesis is that a liberal state, for realistic reasons, can do much more for the greater good than civil society. 4 “Moć u međunarodnim odnosima”, Međunarodni problemi, 2/1978, p. 152 and further. 6 He was thinking of the sovereign and his interest, namely, the interest of his state. Members of the influential American realist school had the same thing in mind when they suggested that all US governments should primarily look after the national interest, acting in a state which is not national in the usual sense, since its populace represents a group of people of very different ethnic origins.

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