Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of US Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990

Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of US Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990

by Ernest R. May
     
 

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The United States continues to proclaim its support for democracy and its opposition to tyranny, but American presidents often have supported dictators who have allied themselves with the United States. This book illustrates the chronic dilemmas inherent in US dealings with dictators under conditions of uncertainty and moral ambiguity.Dealing with Dictators offers

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The United States continues to proclaim its support for democracy and its opposition to tyranny, but American presidents often have supported dictators who have allied themselves with the United States. This book illustrates the chronic dilemmas inherent in US dealings with dictators under conditions of uncertainty and moral ambiguity.Dealing with Dictators offers in-depth analysis of six cases: the United States and China, 1945-1948; UN intervention in the Congo, 1960-1965; the overthrow of the Shah of Iran; US relations with the Somoza regime in Nicaragua; the fall of Marcos in the Philippines; and US policy toward Iraq, 1988-1990. The authors' fascinating and revealing accounts shed new light on critical episodes in US foreign policy and provide a basis for understanding the dilemmas that US decision makers confronted. The chapters do not focus on whether US leaders made the "right" or "wrong" decisions, but instead seek to deepen our understanding of how uncertainty permeated the process and whether decision makers and their aides asked the right questions. This approach makes the book invaluable to scholars and students of government and history, and to readers interested in the general subject of how intelligence analysis interacts with policymaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262633246
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Series:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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" Dealing with Dictators will be valuable to readers interested in American foreign policy and the contributions intelligence has made or failed to make in given cases. The explanation of the varying perspectives of the intelligence collector, analyst, and decision maker is a particularly important contribution. Today, we have the opportunity to evaluate policy decisions with the benefit of years of hindsight, but those depicted here had to advise and decide with what information they had, which was often conflicting and muddled." — Bob Graham , U.S. Senator, 1987—2005, Former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and author of Intelligence Matters

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Michael Creswell is an assistant professor of history at Florida StateUniversity.

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