Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

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by Brady Kiesling
     
 

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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,

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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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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


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
A Diplomat's Rebellion     5
Understanding Foreign Nationalism     35
The Sources of U.S. Legitimacy     47
Some Rules of the Game     67
Diplomatic Character and the Art of Curiosity     87
Bureaucratic Fantasy and the Duty of Dissent     101
The Cost of U.S. Unpopularity     123
Public Diplomacy and the Limits of Persuasiveness     135
Diplomats and Journalists     155
Democratizing an Oligarchic Planet     167
Counterterrorism Lessons from Revolutionary Organization 17 November     191
The Domestic Politics of Nuclear Weapons     217
The Diplomatic Cost of Clandestine Intelligence     239
Diplomatic Skepticism and the Lessons of Iraq     253
A Look Toward the Future     271
My Letter of Resignation     279
The State Department Responds     283
Notes     287
Index     307
About the Author     317

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