Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

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by Brady Kiesling
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597971103

ISBN-13: 9781597971102

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: Potomac Books


John Brady Kiesling, a twenty-year veteran of the foreign service, publicly resigned his position as political counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Athens in February 2003 to protest the Bush administration’s impending invasion of Iraq. He believed that the security, economic, and moral costs of this war, including the blackening of America’s image abroad,…  See more details below

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John Brady Kiesling, a twenty-year veteran of the foreign service, publicly resigned his position as political counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Athens in February 2003 to protest the Bush administration’s impending invasion of Iraq. He believed that the security, economic, and moral costs of this war, including the blackening of America’s image abroad, would far outweigh any benefit to the American people. In Diplomacy Lessons, Kiesling reminds readers that U.S. power does not rest on military might alone and that anger at America has real consequences for U.S. national interests. The security and prosperity of the American people depend on efficient cooperation with foreigners on a range of issues, not only terrorism and nuclear nonproliferation but also trade policy, environmental protection, and even public health. The policy decisions of America’s foreign partners are driven by domestic politics, just as they are in the United States, and effective U.S. diplomacy requires understanding these political realities. An unloved superpower faces significant costs, both economic and strategic, in the pursuit of its interests. Kiesling calls for a return to realist policy making that recognizes the limits of U.S. power and uses thoughtful diplomacy to legitimize our security requirements in the eyes of our international partners. This book is, at heart, an argument for how to best achieve America’s goals abroad. Kiesling’s passionate critique of current U.S. foreign policy and his prescriptions for restoring American influence and legitimacy will interest anyone concerned about the future of U.S. and world affairs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597971102
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

1A diplomat's rebellion5
2Understanding foreign nationalism35
3The sources of U.S. legitimacy47
4Some rules of the game67
5Diplomatic character and the art of curiosity87
6Bureaucratic fantasy and the duty of dissent101
7The cost of U.S. unpopularity123
8Public diplomacy and the limits of persuasiveness135
9Diplomats and journalists155
10Democratizing an oligarchic planet167
11Counterterrorism lessons from revolutionary organization 17 November191
12The domestic politics of nuclear weapons217
13The diplomatic cost of clandestine intelligence239
14Diplomatic skepticism and the lessons of Iraq253
15A look toward the future271
App. AMy letter of resignation279
App. BThe state department responds283

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