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Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower

by John Brady Kiesling


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901597971101
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 10/31/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

John Brady Kiesling was a U.S. Foreign Service officer for twenty years, serving in Israel, Morocco, Armenia, Washington, and Greece. His 2003 resignation letter was published widely, including by the New York Times and the Washington Post. Since resigning, he has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and a columnist and speaker on U.S. foreign policy. He lives in Greece.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
A Diplomat's Rebellion     5
Understanding Foreign Nationalism     35
The Sources of U.S. Legitimacy     47
Some Rules of the Game     67
Diplomatic Character and the Art of Curiosity     87
Bureaucratic Fantasy and the Duty of Dissent     101
The Cost of U.S. Unpopularity     123
Public Diplomacy and the Limits of Persuasiveness     135
Diplomats and Journalists     155
Democratizing an Oligarchic Planet     167
Counterterrorism Lessons from Revolutionary Organization 17 November     191
The Domestic Politics of Nuclear Weapons     217
The Diplomatic Cost of Clandestine Intelligence     239
Diplomatic Skepticism and the Lessons of Iraq     253
A Look Toward the Future     271
My Letter of Resignation     279
The State Department Responds     283
Notes     287
Index     307
About the Author     317

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