In this context, the success or failure of such cooperation depends on the success or failure of the foreign policies exchanged between nations. Focusing on the current scenario of international politics, foreign policies can occur as a result of mutual international cooperation, or political exploitation leading to even war. For instance, the political mayhem in Iraq can be described by means of analysing its foreign policies depicting a diverse picture of the country along with its various political parties, coalitions and other military disagreements.
This section attempts to discuss the notion of foreign policy in general. Current political scenario on the international platform strongly advocates for the rapid rise in the importance of foreign policy. This further highlights the need to analyse the various meanings associated with the notion of foreign policy. This section tries to precisely describe the different connotations of foreign policy along with a number of examples from the foreign policies of various nations. The most important point in this analysis is to understand the basic issues and objectives of foreign policies with regard to its increasing complicated nature across countries.
Understanding the notion of foreign policy involves its applications in specific case studies. That is to say, the theory of foreign policy can best be described in terms of some empirical examples. While defining the concept of foreign policy, the issue of ethics has a significant role to play. Ethics is further associated with the concepts of human rights and ‘mutual respect’ (Smith and Light, 2001). In this context, ethics is related to ethical behaviour, that is, behaviour in accordance with a set of moral rules incorporated with natural as well as universal laws. Along with these moral rules, the aspect of virtue is also included. That is to say, in the words of Smith and Light (2001), “the focus is not so much on what people ought to do when faced