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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.
|1||A diplomat's rebellion||5|
|2||Understanding foreign nationalism||35|
|3||The sources of U.S. legitimacy||47|
|4||Some rules of the game||67|
|5||Diplomatic character and the art of curiosity||87|
|6||Bureaucratic fantasy and the duty of dissent||101|
|7||The cost of U.S. unpopularity||123|
|8||Public diplomacy and the limits of persuasiveness||135|
|9||Diplomats and journalists||155|
|10||Democratizing an oligarchic planet||167|
|11||Counterterrorism lessons from revolutionary organization 17 November||191|
|12||The domestic politics of nuclear weapons||217|
|13||The diplomatic cost of clandestine intelligence||239|
|14||Diplomatic skepticism and the lessons of Iraq||253|
|15||A look toward the future||271|
|App. A||My letter of resignation||279|
|App. B||The state department responds||283|
Posted December 6, 2008
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