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This short text is perfect for a capstone course at the undergraduate level or for an introduction at the graduate level. Alexander L. George - a leading light in U.S. foreign policy - has written a reflection on what he calls the "puzzles and gaps" he has discovered in his study and practice over the past 60 years. In the process, he not only covers his own areas of inquiry - such as his pioneering use of the case study method -but also manages to outline the major debates and dilemmas within foreign policy scholarship that persist to this day. Also included is a preview of new work that Alex George is developing with David A. Hamburg, former president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Alexander George has been a leading scholar of international politics for decades. In On Foreign Policy, he applies his accumulated knowledge and wisdom to important contemporary and conceptual issues, ranging from defining the national interest to preventing genocide. This slim volume is full of fascinating insights at the intersection of scholarship and policymaking.”

“For more than a half century, Alex George has been our leading student of foreign policy. His work has ranged from a path-breaking psychobiography of Woodrow Wilson (with Juliette George), the "operational code" as a way of understanding decision-makers, the uses and limitations of coercive diplomacy, and ways of bridging the gap between the academic and policy communities. In this brief and essential book George lays out a perceptive and challenging agenda of "unfinished business," including puzzles, gaps, clarification of concepts, counterfactual analysis and, perhaps most urgently, prevention of genocide.”

“Long one of the most thoughtful analysts of foreign policy, and pioneer of making research relevant to policymakers, Professor George has authored classic work on both subjects and crystalizes it here to offer timeless wisdom to students, scholars, and policymakers alike.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594512643
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: On Politics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander L. George is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He is the author of the famous case study Woodrow Wilson and Colonel House (with Juliette L. George, John Day Co.1956), and numerous books including Presidential Decisionmaking in Foreign Policy (Westview Press 1980) and, most recently, Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (with Andrew Bennett, MIT Press 2005).

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Table of Contents

1 Ideology, National Interest, and National Values
2 The Need for Policy Legitimacy
3 Stable Peace and Democratic Peace
4 Analysis and Judgment
5 The Role of Counterfactuals in "Missed
6 Prevention of Genocide: The Warning-Response

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