Statecraft by Dennis Ross
And How to Restore America's Standing in the World

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How did it come to pass that, not so long after 9/11 brought the free world to our side, U.S. foreign policy is in a shambles? In this thought-provoking book, the renowned peace negotiator Dennis Ross argues that the Bush administration's problems stem from its inability to use the tools of statecraft--diplomatic, economic, and military--to advance our interests.

Statecraft is as old as politics: Plato wrote about it, Machiavelli practiced it. After the demise of Communism, some predicted that statecraft would wither away. But Ross explains that in the globalized world--with its fluid borders, terrorist networks, and violent unrest--statecraft is necessary simply to keep the peace.

In illuminating chapters, he outlines how statecraft helped shape a new world order after 1989. He shows how the failure of statecraft in Iraq and the Middle East has undercut the United States internationally, and makes clear that only statecraft can check the rise of China and the danger of a nuclear Iran. He draws on his expertise to reveal the art of successful negotiation. And he shows how the next president could resolve today's problems and define a realistic, ambitious foreign policy.

Statecraft is essential reading for anyone interested in foreign policy--or concerned about America's place in the world.


About Dennis Ross

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Dennis Ross, Middle East ambassador and the chief peace negotiator in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, now heads the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Published June 12, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 404 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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An early chapter deals with recent failures of the craft—Bush I’s neglect of the Balkans, Clinton’s inaction in Rwanda, Bush II’s bloody boondoggle in Iraq—and insists that the United States must quickly return to “a statecraft mentality.” Ross then offers a number of case studies in effective st...

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Ross believes Arab antipathy toward America has been greatly heightened by the perception that Bush is “indifferent to a conflict that animated a basic grievance among those in the Arab and Islamic worlds.” As Ross sees it, while nothing America did could by itself have permanently ended the conf...

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Ross, the Clinton administration's Middle East envoy (The Missing Peace ) makes the seemingly dreary, opaque processes of international diplomacy as coherent, absorbing and occasionally dramatic as a procedural thriller.

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