Does America Need a Foreign Policy?: Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century / Edition 1

Does America Need a Foreign Policy?: Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century / Edition 1

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by Henry Kissinger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0684855682

ISBN-13: 2900684855683

Pub. Date: 08/27/2002

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In this timely, thoughtful, and important book, at once far-seeing and brilliantly readable, America's most famous diplomatist explains why we urgently need a new and coherent foreign policy and what our foreign policy goals should be in the post-Cold War world of globalization.

Dr. Henry Kissinger covers the wide range of problems facing the United States at the

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In this timely, thoughtful, and important book, at once far-seeing and brilliantly readable, America's most famous diplomatist explains why we urgently need a new and coherent foreign policy and what our foreign policy goals should be in the post-Cold War world of globalization.

Dr. Henry Kissinger covers the wide range of problems facing the United States at the beginning of a new millennium and a new presidency, with particular attention to such hot spots as Vladimir Putin's Russia, the new China, the globalized economy, and the demand for humanitarian intervention. He challenges Americans to understand that our foreign policy must be built upon America's permanent national interests, defining what these are, or should be, in the year 2001 and for the foreseeable future.

Here Dr. Kissinger shares with readers his insights into the foreign policy problems and opportunities that confront the United States today, including the challenge to conventional diplomacy posed by globalization, rapid capital movement, and instant communication; the challenge of modernizing China; the impact of Russia's precipitous decline from superpower status; the growing estrangement between the United States and Europe; the questions that arise from making "humanitarian intervention" a part of "the New Diplomacy"; and the prospect that America's transformation into the one remaining superpower and global leader may unite other countries against presumed imperial ambitions.

Viewing America's international position through the immediate lens of policy choices rather than from the distant hindsight of historical analysis, Dr. Kissinger takes an approach to the country's current role as the world's dominant power that offers both an invaluable perspective on the state of the Union in global affairs and a careful, detailed prescription on exactly how we must proceed.

In seven accessible chapters, Does America Need a Foreign Policy? provides a crystalline assessment of how the United States' ascendancy as the world's dominant presence in the twentieth century may be effectively reconciled with the urgent need in the twenty-first century to achieve a bold new world order. By examining America's present and future relations with Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, in conjunction with emerging concerns such as globalization, nuclear weapons proliferation, free trade, and the planet's eroding natural environment, Dr. Kissinger lays out a compelling and comprehensively drawn vision for American policy in approaching decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900684855683
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
08/27/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

1America at the Apex: Empire or Leader?17
The Changing Nature of the International Environment
America's Challenge
2America and Europe: The World of Democracies I32
The Transformation of the Atlantic Relationship
The Change in Atlantic and European Leadership
The Future of European Integration
European Integration and Atlantic Cooperation
Strategic Doctrine: European Military Crisis Management
Strategic Doctrine: Missile Defense and the Atlantic Alliance
Relations with Russia
Toward a New Structure in Atlantic Relations
3The Western Hemisphere: The World of Democracies II83
Revolution in the Region
New Challenges
Is There a Road Out of Chaos? Plan Colombia
The Promise of the Western Hemisphere
NAFTA and Mercosur
4Asia: The World of Equilibrium110
Asia's Geopolitical Complexity
Relations with Japan
Relations with Korea
Relations with China: The Historical Context
Relations with China: The Strategic Context
Taiwan and China
India
Where Do We Go from Here?
5The Middle East and Africa: Worlds in Transition164
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Where Do We Go from Here?
America and the Gulf
Iraq
Iran
Whither Africa?
The African Environment
Toward an African Policy
6The Politics of Globalization211
Economics and Politics
Crisis Management and the International Monetary Fund
Political Evolution and Globalization
7Peace and Justice234
The American Tradition
Roosevelt and Wilson
The New Interventionism
Humanitarian Intervention and the National Interest: Four Principles
Humanitarian Intervention and the Context of History
Universal Jurisdiction
Conclusion: Information and Knowledge283
Notes289
Index297

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Does America Need a Foreign Policy?: Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I read Dr. Kissinger's book and found it correct in the evaluation of world affairs. Dr. Kissinger is perhaps one of the best (if not the best) foreign policy mind we have in this country. As for the critiques of the Democrats, Dr. Kissinger is just writing what is true. I respect and admire Madeline Albright but her mishandling(not monitoring weapons development) of the India-Pakistan situation could have led to a new nuclear war, the person who wrote the first review said that he( or she) read the book only 1/3 of the way through, so they a writing about a book of which they know very little. Dr. Kissinger is a brilliant foreign policy mind and we are lucky to have him around.