Do states learn from other states’ experiences in international relations? In the pages that follow I find that they do. But why ask this question? What will the answer reveal about foreign policy and international relations? In short, I argue that understanding patterns of imitation and other types of learning is important for understanding both the goals countries pursue and the ways in which they pursue them. This type of knowledge, in turn, is valuable for those who seek to explain and understand systems of international relations, and for those involved in analyzing or making foreign policy decisions.
KeywordsForeign Policy International Relation Formative Event Observational Learning Domestic Politics
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