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In this comprehensive treatment, distinguished diplomat Chas Freeman describes the fundamental principles of the art of statecraft and the craft of diplomacy. The book draws on the author's years of experience as a practicing diplomat but also his extensive reading of the histories of ancient India, China, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and the Islamic world as well as modern Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Among numerous other subjects, the book addresses the role of intelligence, political actions, cultural influence, economic measures, and military power, as well as diplomatic strategy and tactics, negotiation, and the tasks and skills of diplomacy.
|National Interests and National Concerns||9|
|Intelligence, Espionage, and Covert Operations||23|
|Political Actions and Measures||33|
|The Use of Economic Measures||45|
|The Nonviolent Use of Military Power||53|
|The Use of Force||61|
|Diplomatic Strategy and Tactics||71|
|Relations between States||93|
|The Use of Diplomats||99|
|Tasks and Skills of Diplomacy||107|
|Reporting and Analysis||125|
|Reason of State, System, and Relationship||137|
Posted April 24, 2000
The author, a career Foreign Service Officer and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, discusses diplomacy; the form statecraft takes in time of peace. An excellent survey of the subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.