Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America

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"The United States confronts a host of foreign policy problems in the 21st century, yet the Republic's security strategy is increasingly muddled and counterproductive. The litany of misplaced priorities and policy failures grows ever larger." "Disagreements over Iraq policy as well as other matters have soured Washington's relations with its longtime European allies. NATO, the centerpiece of Washington's transatlantic policy for nearly six decades, is foundering in Afghanistan and displays a growing lack of cohesion and relevance. Tensions ...
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Overview

"The United States confronts a host of foreign policy problems in the 21st century, yet the Republic's security strategy is increasingly muddled and counterproductive. The litany of misplaced priorities and policy failures grows ever larger." "Disagreements over Iraq policy as well as other matters have soured Washington's relations with its longtime European allies. NATO, the centerpiece of Washington's transatlantic policy for nearly six decades, is foundering in Afghanistan and displays a growing lack of cohesion and relevance. Tensions between the United States and Russia are on the rise as authoritarianism has reemerged in that country and Moscow resists Washington's assertive policies." Ted Galen Carpenter examines these and other foreign policy challenges that America confronts in the 21st century and diagnoses what is wrong with Washington's current approach. Throughout these essays, he outlines an alternative strategy that would protect America's security while avoiding unnecessary and unrewarding military adventures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933995168
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Trying to Thwart the Drive to War against Iraq 9

2 Assessing the Iraq Debacle 23

3 America's Other War: Afghanistan 65

4 The War on Terror 81

5 Attempting to Head Off War against Iran 97

6 Prospects for Peace and Democracy in the Middle East 119

7 New Approaches for the Troubles Korean Peninsula 133

8 The Dangerous Taiwan Issue 155

9 A Delicate Relationship with China 183

10 NATO, The Balkans, and Relations with Russia 199

11 The Disastrous War on Drugs 217

12 The Connection between Foreign Policy and Domestic Liberty 237

Index 249

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    An incredibly timely collection

    Smart Power is a remarkable survey of the America's current position in world. Author Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, gives special attention to the failures of President Bush's foreign policy agenda, and offers his own trenchant analysis on how to handle emerging crises, such as the potential of a nuclear-armed Iran, the issue of Taiwan and a concomitant obligation that could lead to armed confrontation with China, and Washington's continuation of counterproductive policies in Latin America¿s drug war. A host of challenges await the next commander in chief, and Dr. Carpenter offers an even-handed and pragmatic analysis of how to manage these overlapping and seemingly intractable situations. Carpenter's book serves as an incredible one-volume synthesis of the critical foreign policy problems facing Washington. All libraries should have this extraordinary book.

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