Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy

Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy

by Amitai Etzioni
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300143079

ISBN-13: 9780300143072

Pub. Date: 10/07/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

“Rarely have more profound changes in American foreign policy been called for than today,” begins Amitai Etzioni in the preface to this book. Yet Etzioni’s concern is not to lay blame for past mistakes but to address the future: What can now be done to improve U.S. relations with the rest of the world?
What should American policies be

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“Rarely have more profound changes in American foreign policy been called for than today,” begins Amitai Etzioni in the preface to this book. Yet Etzioni’s concern is not to lay blame for past mistakes but to address the future: What can now be done to improve U.S. relations with the rest of the world?
What should American policies be toward recently liberated countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, or rogue states like North Korea and Iran? When should the United States undertake humanitarian intervention abroad? What must be done to protect America from nuclear terrorism? The author asserts that providing basic security must be the first priority in all foreign policy considerations, even ahead of efforts to democratize. He sets out essential guidelines for a foreign policy that makes sense in the real world, builds on moral principles, and creates the possibility of establishing positive relationships with Muslim nations and all others.
Etzioni has considered the issues deeply and for many years. His conclusions fall into no neat categories—neither “liberal” nor “conservative”—for he is guided not by ideology but by empirical evidence and moral deliberation. His proposal rings with the sound of reason, and this important book belongs on the reading list of every concerned leader, policy maker, and voter in America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300143072
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

PREFACE....................ix
PART I: SECURITY FIRST: FOR US, THEM, AND THE WORLD....................1
A. A Principled, Realistic Approach....................2
B. Policy Implications....................8
C. Implications for Failing States....................14
D. Implications for Newly Liberated Nations....................19
PART II: THE LIMITS OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING....................37
A. A Primitive Art....................37
B. The Lessons of Democratization....................42
C. The Lessons of Reconstruction and Economic Development....................58
D. The Lessons of Nation-Building....................76
PART III: THE TRUE FAULT LINE: WARRIORS VS. PREACHERS....................85
A. Fewer Enemies, More (Potential) Allies: The Global Importance of Illiberal Moderates....................85
B. Violent vs. Persuasive Beliefs in Three Religious Belief Systems....................103
C. Violent and Persuasive Beliefs in Secular Theories of Social Change....................127
D. Violent and Persuasive Beliefs in Islam....................134
E. Illiberal Moderate Muslims: The Global Swing Vote....................140
PART IV: THE IMPORTANCE OF MORAL CULTURE....................152
A. The Soft Underbelly of Security....................152
B. Religion's Key Role in U.S. Foreign Policy....................173
PART V: GROUNDS FOR INTERVENTION....................193
A. Whose Security? The Responsibility to Protect....................193
B. Responsibility as an International Communitarian Principle....................199
C. A Second Duty: ToPrevent?....................204
PART VI: SECURITY REQUIRES A NEW GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE....................208
A. The Third Ought to Be First....................209
B. Who Will Attack?....................220
C. A Strategic Shift: From Controlled Maintenance to Deproliferation....................234
D. Muscular, Moral Power....................243
NOTES....................249
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................295
INDEX....................297

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