National Identity And Culture Influence Domestic Motivations

3176 Words Mar 22nd, 2015 13 Pages
Introduction
With the progress of globalization, the awareness of the global intricacies involved in cross-cultural interactions has been expanding. To be successful in this new environment, it is essential for leaders of nations or organizations to understand other cultures, their cultural values and their associated organizational impact. A decision-making style can produce significant different results or even be counter-productive in another cultural context. A good leader must be able to adapt to its socio-cultural environment.
On the aspect of foreign policy-making, the bipolar rivalry presents during the Cold War to some degree overshadowed the domestic characteristics and idiosyncrasies of nations. This is no longer the case today. National identity and culture influence domestic motivations, national agenda and obligations in foreign policy-making. Combined with the cultural and political socialization received by a typical leader, national identity and culture form the basic architecture of a political belief system and will indeed influence policy-making. Although not the panacea, political culture is a potential source of state behaviour which cannot be ignored. After all, how could one understand present-day Asian politics without the knowledge of the profound resentment held by Asians against Japanese culture or the German security policy deeply rooted in the lessons-learned from both wars?
The objective of this paper will be two-fold. First we will…
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