Codevilla writes intelligently on topics as diverse as the affect of economic sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s and contemporary relations between Russia and Georgia.”
“Veteran international relations author Codevilla
questions basic assumptions that have guided U.S. foreign policy since Woodrow Wilson tried to make the world safe for democracy
Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.”
“Machiavelli could not have written a better book to give advice to ‘war presidents.'”
bracing and intelligent.”
“[An] expansive and important work
[Advice to War Presidents] should be required reading for Senators and their staff as an essential primer to the arcane world of arms control.”
“A refreshingly unashamed conservative critique of twentieth-century U.S. foreign policy, especially with regard to war and the use of force.
Writing explicitly for an audience that is already familiar with international affairs, Codevilla (The Character of Nations) draws on examples from ancient Greece through the Iraq War to provide a road map for future foreign policy in this accessible but didactic book. In a series of chapters arranged thematically around concepts that include the language of politics and the effectiveness of diplomacy, the author takes issue with the realist, liberal nationalist and neoconservative schools of thought and their "ruinous counsel" that dominates contemporary international politics, instead advocating a commonsense approach that emphasizes mastering the basic skills of diplomacy and statecraft. Codevilla appeals to the Monroe Doctrine and 19th-century American approaches to foreign affairs while condemning contemporary policy that he believes has failed to secure a lasting peace. Codevilla writes intelligently on topics as diverse as the affect of economic sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s and contemporary relations between Russia and Georgia, but his highly critical style can sometimes be abrasive. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Veteran international relations author Codevilla (international relations, Boston Univ.; No Victory, No Peace) questions basic assumptions that have guided U.S. foreign policy since Woodrow Wilson tried to make the world safe for democracy, including the idea of an "international community" that speaks with a unified voice, that all peoples want to live in an America-like democracy, and that nations are willing to engage in exercises of collective security. He is equally critical of three prevalent schools of thought in international relations: liberal internationalism, neoconservatism, and realism. Instead of following one of these, he urges policy makers to rely on the judicious use of proven tools, including diplomacy, economic sanctions, war, intelligence, security, and winning the peace following a period of conflict. The many examples of theories that failed, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and economic sanctions against Iraq, provide strong support for his approach. Although the ideas expressed here are currently out of favor, they are worth consideration by anyone with an interest in world affairs. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
Marcia L. Sprules