POLICY—ITS RELATION TO WAR AND ITS BEARING UPON PREPARATION FOR WAR
By Commander C.C. Gill, U. S. Navy
Policy, broadly speaking, maps the destiny of a state in the fulfillment of national aspirations as seen and interpreted by those in governmental control.
When national policies conflict, as they continually do and must, diplomacy, backed by potential power, attempts to negotiate a settlement by the medium of official notes and interchanges. These do not always succeed. Then, if the difference is justiciable, susceptible of decision by the application of principles of law and equity, joint appeal may be made to some international court such as that of the Hague; or, if the dispute is purely political and non-justiciable in nature, the nations involved may, by special agreement, resort to a tribunal of arbitration in the hope of arriving at a satisfactory compromise or other suitable arrangement.