Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

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Diplomacy Lessons is inspired by former foreign service officer John Brady Kiesling's conviction that disasters like Iraq are foreseeable and preventable. Ultimately stepping down from his post, Kiesling presents in this book a passionate critique of current U.S. foreign policy and his prescriptions for restoring American influence and legitimacy. At heart an argument for how to best achieve America's goals abroad, Diplomacy Lessons 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 Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

John Brady Kiesling was a U.S. Foreign Service officer for twenty years, serving in Israel, Morocco, Armenia, Washington, and Greece. His 2003 resignation letter was published widely, including by the New York Times and the Washington Post. Since resigning, he has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and a columnist and speaker on U.S. foreign policy. He lives in Greece.
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Table of Contents

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
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