Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

by Richard N Haass


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"A concise, comprehensive guide to America's critical policy choices at home and overseas . . . without a partisan agenda, but with a passion for solutions designed to restore our country's strength and enable us to lead." — Madeleine K. Albright

A rising China, climate change, terrorism, a nuclear Iran, a turbulent Middle East, and a reckless North Korea all present serious challenges to America's national security. But it depends even more on the United States addressing its burgeoning deficit and debt, crumbling infrastructure, second class schools, and outdated immigration system. While there is currently no great rival power threatening America directly, how long this strategic respite lasts, according to Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass, will depend largely on whether the United States puts its own house in order.

Haass lays out a compelling vision for restoring America's power, influence, and ability to lead the world and advocates for a new foreign policy of Restoration that would require the US to limit its involvement in both wars of choice, and humanitarian interventions.

Offering essential insight into our world of continual unrest, this new edition addresses the major foreign and domestic debates since hardcover publication, including US intervention in Syria, the balance between individual privacy and collective security, and the continuing impact of the sequester.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465071999
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,178,781
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations since July 2003, was previously director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal advisor to Colin Powell. From 1989-1993, he was special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and senior director for the Near East and South Asia on the staff of the National Security Council. Haass also served in the Reagan and Carter administrations.

The recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award and the Presidential Citizens Medal, he is the author or editor of more than ten other books. Haass lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition

PART I: The Return of History
Brave New World
American Primacy
China’s Rise
A Post-European World
The Wannabe Major Powers
The Global Gap
Reasons for Optimism
Reason for Worry
The Middle East Morass
The Consequences of History’s Return

PART II: Restoration Abroad
Doctrines and Democracy
Saving Lives
Taking on Terrorists
A Defensible Defense

Part III: Restoration at Home
The Deficit and the Debt
Economic Growth

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