QUESTION TEXT: Many of the presidents and prime ministers…
QUESTION TYPE: Must be True
- Many presidents and prime ministers with successful foreign policies had no foreign policy experience when they started.
- Anyone with an acute political sense, a disciplined temperament and a highly developed ability to absorb or retain information can quickly learn to conduct a successful foreign policy.
- Prior experience in foreign policy isn’t worth much if someone lacks those three abilities.
ANALYSIS: This shows that foreign policy experience isn’t enough on its own (not sufficient.) It also is not needed if you have the three characteristics (it isn’t necessary.)
- We don’t actually know if the scholars have any experience. They might just study such issues without actually participating.
- CORRECT. You can succeed without experience and you can easily fail even if you have it.
- The first sentence contradicts this. Many leaders have succeeded even without experience.
- Not quite. They’re just helpful qualities: anyone with those abilities can learn foreign policy. But there might be other ways of succeeding.
- This isn’t necessarily true if the experienced leader lacks those three important traits.
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