Devil and Uncle Sam: A User's Guide to the Friendly Tyrants Dilemma

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For more than forty years, the American government has struggled with the challenge of maintaining useful relations with a special breed of regime: one whose rulers profess a community of interests with the United States while they rule through authoritarian means. Relationships with such "friendly tyrants" almost invariably generate tensions between the need for prudent security strategies and the ideal of promoting liberty and human rights worldwide. The Devil and Uncle Sam: A User's Guide to the Friendly ...

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Overview

For more than forty years, the American government has struggled with the challenge of maintaining useful relations with a special breed of regime: one whose rulers profess a community of interests with the United States while they rule through authoritarian means. Relationships with such "friendly tyrants" almost invariably generate tensions between the need for prudent security strategies and the ideal of promoting liberty and human rights worldwide. The Devil and Uncle Sam: A User's Guide to the Friendly Tyrants Dilemma distills the policy lessons of over four decades and offers practical approaches to negotiating these obstinate ambiguities of contemporary political life.

This User's Guide brings together a team of eminent authors with diverse talents and experience to present a comparative study of the Friendly Tyrants phenomenon in recent history and to devise a systematic set of guidelines for dealing with it. The book is organized around ten essential maxims (Beware Dependence, Be Nimble, Promote Democracy, Chastise with Care, Define Goals, Know the Country, Think It Through, Coordinate Policy, Hedge Bets, Plan for Crises) and a larger number of specific Do's and Don'ts.

The Devil and Uncle Sam draws richly upon historical examples to illustrate general principles that will prove invaluable to policymakers and political analysts. The Persian Gulf*War has shown that the Friendly Tyrants problem is still with us, even in the post-Cold War environment. The authors' understanding of past patterns yields insights that should help to prevent the preventable. While new situations will create possibilities for new mistakes, old ones must not be repeated. Contributors to The Devil and Uncle Sam include, in addition to Adam Garfinkle, Daniel Pipes, Kenneth Adelman, Patrick Clawson, Mark Falcoff, and Douglas J. Feith.

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“A handbook about the dilemmas of US relations with friendly tyrannical governments, derived from a 500-page study by the Foreign Policy Research Institute of Philadelphia.” —K. W. Thompson, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560000129
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Adam Garfinkle is coordinator of the political studies program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and author of numerous articles on international affairs for major journals.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Friendly Tyrants Dilemma 1
The Maxims
1 Beware Dependence 21
2 Be Nimble 29
3 Promote Democracy 39
4 Chastise with Care 49
5 Define Goals 61
6 Know the Country 69
7 Think It Through 77
8 Coordinate Policy 85
9 Hedge Bets 95
10 Plan for Crises 101
Appendix A: Maxims and Precepts 109
Appendix B: Pocket Chronologies 121
Index 133
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