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A Relevant Pakistan Policy

ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY Annual Number January 1971 A Relevant Pakistan Policy IT is not difficult to question the validity of the oft repeated belief that the foreign policy of a country is basirally a projection of its domestic policies and attitudes. There is little doubt that a nation's interests are those that a particular elite in power at any point of time perceives them to be; it is equally obvious that this perception is bound to be determined by the character of this elite as well as by the challenges and tasks it faces internally. Yet, the empirical evidence Is that a monarchy struggling to pro- serve an extremely archaic internal structure may derive some sustenance from, the most revolutionary of the world's powers just as a genuinely socialist country may often find it necessary to adopt a posture of equal indifference towards a socialist and a capitalist su- per power. It is not impossible to explain these phenomena in terms of the theories which seek to establish the fundamental relationship between internal and external policies; but the conclusion seems inescapable that the foreign policy of any country m the kind of world that we live in is at least partly determined by consideration of purely external realities.

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