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Statecraft And How to Restore America's Standing in the World

ISBN: 9780374531195 | 0374531196
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub. Date: 6/24/2008

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In this wise and thought-provoking book, the renowned peace negotiator Dennis Ross shows that America's current foreign policy problems stem from the Bush administration's inability to use the tools of statecraft to advance our national interests. Ross explains that in the globalized world--with its fluid borders, terrorist networks, and violent unrest--statecraft is more necessary than ever. In vivid chapters, he outlines how statecraft helped shape a new world order after 1989. He shows how the failure of statecraft in Iraq and throughout the Middle East has undercut the United States and makes clear that only statecraft can check the rise of China and the danger of a nuclear Iran. He draws on his expertise to reveal the art of successful negotiation. And he shows how the next president could resolve today's problems and define a realistic, ambitious foreign policy.Statecraftis "an essential book for our time" (Walter Isaacson). Dennis Ross, Middle East envoy and the chief peace negotiator in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is now a counselor and distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. AChoiceOutstanding Academic Title In this thought-provoking book, the peace negotiator Dennis Ross argues that the Bush administration's problems stem from its inability to use the tools of statecraft--diplomatic, economic, and military--to advance our interests. Statecraft is as old as politics: Plato wrote about it, Machiavelli practiced it. After the demise of Communism, some predicted that statecraft would wither away. But Ross explains that in the globalized world--with its fluid borders, terrorist networks, and violent unrest--statecraft is necessary simply to keep the peace. Ross outlines how statecraft helped shape a new world order after 1989. He shows how the failure of statecraft in Iraq and the Middle East has undercut the United States internationally, and makes clear that only statecraft can check the rise of China and the danger of a nuclear Iran. He draws on his expertise to reveal the art of successful negotiation. And he shows how the next president could resolve today's problems and define a realistic, ambitious foreign policy. "A crash course in Diplomacy 101. A self-described lifelong Democrat, Ross served in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations . . . Now he takes a step back to offer a sweeping look at rehabilitating America's image abroad. The result is an important and illuminating book."--Jacob Heilbrunn,The New York Times Book Review "A crash course in Diplomacy 101. A self-described lifelong Democrat, Ross served in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations . . . Now he takes a step back to offer a sweeping look at rehabilitating America's image abroad. The result is an important and illuminating book."--Jacob Heilbrunn,The New York Times Book Review "Liberally drawing on his personal experiences in U.S.-Soviet affairs, the Gulf War, and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Ross explains the arts of negotiation and mediation.Statecraftis especially useful for readers lost in today's mostly strategy-free foreign policy environment. Ross identifies the key ingredients of effective statecraft: clearly defined objectives and policy consensus within government; accurate, realistic assessments of obstacles and of the resources required to overcome them; and the systematic integration of all tools of power in a sustained and intense diplomatic effort . . . An important contri


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