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
     
 

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The original recordings of spontaneous, unscripted conversations between two of the most respected figures in American foreign policy define the international challenges facing the next president.

The status of the United States as a world power, and the nature of power itself, are at a historic turning point. It is essential that we understand and adapt to the

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The original recordings of spontaneous, unscripted conversations between two of the most respected figures in American foreign policy define the international challenges facing the next president.

The status of the United States as a world power, and the nature of power itself, are at a historic turning point. It is essential that we understand and adapt to the new security environment in which we find ourselves. Listen in as two former national security advisors dissect the most significant foreign policy challenges we face today: the Middle East, Russia, China, Europe, the Developing World, and what Zbigniew Brzezinski has called the "global political awakening."

Brzezinski is a Democrat, Brent Scowcroft a Republican, and they don't see eye-to-eye on everything. But both men are independent, non-partisan voices of the center, and they share a great deal of common ground. America and the World explores their agreements and their disagreements. In so doing, it defines the center of responsible opinion on American foreign policy at a time when the nation's decisions could determine how long it remains a superpower.

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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
Library Journal

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:
9781598878271
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 hours
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, formerly President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, is a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and professor of foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. His many books include the NY Times bestsellers Second Chance and The Choice.

DAVID IGNATIUS is a Washington Post columnist with a wide-ranging career in journalism, having served at various times as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He has also written widely for magazines and published six novels.

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, formerly President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, is a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and professor of foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. His many books include the NY Times bestsellers Second Chance and The Choice.

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