America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy

America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy

by Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, David Ignatius
     
 

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America’s status as a world power remains at a historic turning point. The strategies employed to win the wars of the twentieth century are no longer working, and the US must contend with the changing nature of power in a globalized world.

In America and the World, two of the most respected figures in American foreign policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski and

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America’s status as a world power remains at a historic turning point. The strategies employed to win the wars of the twentieth century are no longer working, and the US must contend with the changing nature of power in a globalized world.

In America and the World, two of the most respected figures in American foreign policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, dissect the challenges facing the US today: the Middle East, Russia, and China, among others. In spontaneous conversations the two authors explore their agreements and disagreements. Defining the center of responsible opinion on American foreign policy, America and the World is an essential primer on a host of urgent issues at a time when our leaders’ decisions could determine how long our nation remains a superpower.

Editorial Reviews

Michiko Kakutani
Mr. Brzezinski and Mr. Scowcroft…incisively discuss the fallout of the Bush administration's war in Iraq, including the empowerment of Iran, the recruitment of more terrorists and the inflaming of hatreds within the region. They also survey the foreign policy landscape as a whole…Their wide-ranging dialogue gives the reader an acute sense of the daunting challenges (including nuclear proliferation, global warming and terrorism) confronted by America in a rapidly changing international environment…What makes these discussions between Mr. Brzezinski and Mr. Scowcroft so bracing is their combination of common sense and an ability to place America's relationship with a particular country in both a historical perspective and a regional context of competing interests and threats. Their book should be required reading not only for the next president elect but also for any voters concerned with the foreign policy issues that will be on the next administration's plate.
—The New York Times
Moises Naim
Given the bitterness of partisan debates about foreign policy, now exacerbated by a tight race for the presidency, one might expect Brzezinski and Scowcroft to disagree vehemently about the challenges America faces abroad, the decisions that have shaped the nation's current travails and what the next president should do. Instead, they seem to see eye to eye on nearly every major foreign policy issue facing the United States…And, contrary to the operative assumption behind Sunday morning TV talk shows, it turns out that two wise interlocutors who concur can be as interesting and informative as experts with completely divergent views…The next president would do well to heed their counsel but should not underestimate the difficulty of sticking to it.
—The Washington Post
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Brzezinski (Johns Hopkins Univ.; Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower) and Scowcroft (president, the Scowcroft Group; coauthor, with George H.W. Bush, A World Transformed) were National Security Advisors to, respectively, Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. In this book they are led in a series of conversations by David Ignatius (Washington Post), who is both a journalist and a novelist (Body of Lies), "to see if a prominent Democrat and a prominent Republican...could find common ground for a new start in foreign policy." By and large they do find it, in discussions of China, Russia, Israel and Palestine, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Korea, India, and other focal points, agreeing that Cold War institutions are outdated and that the United States will need renewed leadership, ingenuity, and engagement to meet the challenges of a world being changed by a "global political awakening." They offer an accessible survey of important questions that is recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Bob Nardini

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786726219
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
524,117
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