The Tragedy of U S Foreign Policy

A fierce critique of civil religion as the taproot of America’s bid for global hegemony Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Walter A. McDougall argues powerfully that a pervasive but radically changing faith that “God is on our side” ...

Author: Walter A. McDougall

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300224516

Category: History

Page: 384

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A fierce critique of civil religion as the taproot of America’s bid for global hegemony Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Walter A. McDougall argues powerfully that a pervasive but radically changing faith that “God is on our side” has inspired U.S. foreign policy ever since 1776. The first comprehensive study of the role played by civil religion in U.S. foreign relations over the entire course of the country’s history, McDougall’s book explores the deeply infused religious rhetoric that has sustained and driven an otherwise secular republic through peace, war, and global interventions for more than two hundred years. From the Founding Fathers and the crusade for independence to the Monroe Doctrine, through World Wars I and II and the decades-long Cold War campaign against “godless Communism,” this coruscating polemic reveals the unacknowledged but freely exercised dogmas of civil religion that bind together a “God blessed” America, sustaining the nation in its pursuit of an ever elusive global destiny.

The Tragedy of American Diplomacy

In this pioneering book, "the man who has really put the counter-tradition together in its modern form" (Saturday Review) examines the profound contradictions between America's ideals and its uses of its vast power, from the Open Door Notes ...

Author: William Appleman Williams

Publisher: New York : Dell Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: United States

Page: 312

View: 833

One of the first modern historians to integrate economic realities into the study of American foreign policy, William Appleman Williams has been a diplomatic historian of major influence since the first publication of The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. In this pioneering book, "the man who has really put the counter-tradition together in its modern form" (Saturday Review) examines the profound contradictions between America's ideals and its uses of its vast power, from the Open Door Notes of 1898'to the Bay of Pigs and the Vietnam War. Book jacket.

The Israel Lobby and U S Foreign Policy

Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy.

Author: John J. Mearsheimer

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429932820

Category: Political Science

Page: 496

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The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy. Now in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship is due largely to the political influence of a loose coalition of individuals and organizations that actively work to shape U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. Mearsheimer and Walt provocatively contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East—in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest. The lobby's influence also affects America's relationship with important allies and increases dangers that all states face from global jihadist terror. Writing in The New York Review of Books, Michael Massing declared, "Not since Foreign Affairs magazine published Samuel Huntington's ‘The Clash of Civilizations?' in 1993 has an academic essay detonated with such force." The publication of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy is certain to widen the debate and to be one of the most talked-about books in foreign policy.

William Appleman Williams

Williams' controversial works have established him as the foremost interpreter of US foreign policy. This study of his life and major works offers readers an opportunity to introduce themselves to a major figure in American history.

Author: Paul Buhle

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415911313

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 318

View: 949

Williams' controversial works have established him as the foremost interpreter of US foreign policy. This study of his life and major works offers readers an opportunity to introduce themselves to a major figure in American history.

The Irony of Manifest Destiny

By the National Book Award-finalist author of Barbarian Sentiments.

Author: William Pfaff

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0802716997

Category: History

Page: 222

View: 479

Analyzes America's foreign-policy evolution throughout the past half century from practices of containment to confrontation, challenging popular perspectives that the United States possesses an exceptional status grounded in morality that confers unique international responsibilities. By the National Book Award-finalist author of Barbarian Sentiments.

Tragedy of Vietnam

This book covers the social, economic, ideological, diplomatic and military aspects of the Vietnam War.

Author: Patrick J. Hearden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315510839

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 253

For courses on the Vietnam War, 20th century world history and American diplomatic history. Also appropriate as a supplemental text for U.S. history survey courses and history of Asia courses. Brief and accessible text that provides comprehensive coverage of the causes and consequences of the Vietnam War. The Tragedy of Vietnam provides extensive background on the Vietnam War, the relevant history of Southeast Asia and the consequences of the Vietnam conflict on the region. Author Patrick Hearden examines the key decisions and questions surroudning the tragic American entanglement in Vietnam, providing readers with a fascinating discussion of why the United States became involved in this war and why this involvement persisted for nearly a quarter of a century. This book covers the social, economic, ideological, diplomatic and military aspects of the Vietnam War.

Reckless

Using newly available archival material from the Nixon Presidential Library, Kissinger's personal papers, and material from the archives in Vietnam, Robert K. Brigham punctures the myth of Kissinger as an infallible mastermind.

Author: Robert K. Brigham

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1610397037

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 941

Henry Kissinger's role in the Vietnam War prolonged the American tragedy and doomed the government of South Vietnam The American war in Vietnam was concluded in 1973 after eight years of fighting, bloodshed, and loss. Yet the terms of the truce that ended the war were effectively identical to what had been offered to the Nixon administration four years earlier. Those four years cost America and Vietnam thousands of lives and billions of dollars, and they were the direct result of the supposed master plan of the most important voice in American foreign policy: Henry Kissinger. Using newly available archival material from the Nixon Presidential Library, Kissinger's personal papers, and material from the archives in Vietnam, Robert K. Brigham punctures the myth of Kissinger as an infallible mastermind. Instead, he constructs a portrait of a rash, opportunistic, and suggestible politician. It was personal political rivalries, the domestic political climate, and strategic confusion that drove Kissinger's actions. There was no great master plan or Bismarckian theory that supported how the US continued the war or conducted peace negotiations. Its length was doubled for nothing but the ego and poor judgment of a single figure. This distant tragedy, perpetuated by Kissinger's actions, forever changed both countries. Now, perhaps for the first time, we can see the full scale of that tragedy and the machinations that fed it.

American Foreign Policy

In one of the most influential books ever written about the history of United States
foreign relations , Williams rejected the celebratory tone that had characterized
the work of an earlier generation of American diplomatic historians , insisting that
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Author: G. John Ikenberry

Publisher: HarperCollins College

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 682

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These thought provoking essays, both classic and current, detail the problems encountered in generating a plausible theory of foreign policy and address international determinants of American foreign policy economic necessity as a driving force behind foreign policy, and ideological and cultural accounts of foreign policy.

The Real Rebalancing

American security policy rests on a three-legged stool consisting of defense, diplomacy, and development.

Author: Deni

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781688436916

Category:

Page: 52

View: 387

American security policy rests on a three-legged stool consisting of defense, diplomacy, and development. As President Obama implied in his May 2014 speech at West Point, the United States is in the midst of a resurgence of diplomacy and development, as it seeks to leverage diplomatic influence, foreign aid, and multilateral institutions to solve the most vexing international security challenges. However, the dramatic rebalance toward diplomacy and development over the last several years has largely has failed. Rhetoric, official strategies, and actual policies have all aimed at rebalancing the three legs of the foreign policy stool. However, several factors point to a continued militarization of U.S. foreign policy, including funding levels, legal authorities, and the growing body of evidence that civilian agencies of the U.S. Government lack the resources, skills, and capabilities to achieve foreign policy objectives. Continued reliance by senior decisionmakers at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue on the U.S. military in the development, planning, and implementation of U.S. foreign policy has significant implications. Foremost among them is the fact that the military itself must prepare for a future not terribly unlike the very recent past.

Consistency of US Foreign Policy

... of U . S . Foreign Policy ( New York : Modern Reader , 1969 ; originally
published in 1966 by Monthly Review Press ) . 3 . On the early history of
American imperialism – the nineteenth century – see William Appleman Williams
, The Tragedy ...

Author: Abbas Alnasrawi

Publisher: Assn of Arab-Amer Univ Graduates

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 155

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Moral Reflections on Foreign Policy in a Religious War

"Moral Reflections on Foreign Policy in a Religious War argues that foreign policy thinkers and actors must take religion more seriously than they have in analysis and action.

Author: Ronald H. Stone

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 126

View: 433

"Moral Reflections on Foreign Policy in a Religious War argues that foreign policy thinkers and actors must take religion more seriously than they have in analysis and action. The tragedy of U.S. policy in Iraq is in part due to the dangers of ignoring religious conflicts in that country until it was too late, and then responding too lightly. Stone proposes policy changes for the United States based on his analysis and calls for reform in the ways that both politics and religion are understood. Without peace between religions, there will be no peace in the Middle East. Without understanding how religion functions in international politics, the United States is doomed to repeat disastrous policies in the Middle East."--BOOK JACKET.

Encyclopedia of U S Foreign Relations

All Fall Down : America's Tragic Encounter with Iran . New York , 1985 . Yeselson
, Abraham . United States - Persian Diplomatic Relations , 1883–1921 . New
Brunswick , N.J. , 1956 . IRAN - CONTRA AFFAIR The problem was compounded
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Author: Bruce W. Jentleson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195110579

Category: United States

Page: 490

View: 712

Prepared under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, this comprehensive four-volume reference examines the political, economic, military, and cultural interactions of the federal government and the American people with nations and peoples abroad from 1776 to the present. It includes more than 1,000 signed, alphabetically arranged entries, ranging from brief biographical sketches to major essays on critical issues of U.S. foreign policy. The only encyclopedia on the subject of such breadth and authority, it is indispensable for scholars and students of American history, U.S. foreign relations, diplomatic history, and international law, as well as an important resource for government officials, policymakers, political scientists, journalists, and general readers interested in the history of America's involvements with the greater world community.--Publisher description.

U S Foreign Policy and the Shah

Columbus , Ohio : Charles E. Merrill , 1972 . - The Eagle and the Lion : The
Tragedy of American - Iranian Relations . New Haven , Conn .: Yale University
Press , 1988 . Binder , Leonard . Iran : Political Development in a Changing
Society .

Author: Mark J. Gasiorowski

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780801424120

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

View: 600

Mark Gasiorowski here examines the cliency relationship that existed between the United States and Iran during the reign of the late shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and assesses the effects of this relationship on Iran's domestic politics. Gasiorowski argues that by bolstering the shah's repressive regime in the 1950s and early 1960s, the U.S.-Iran cliency relationship indirectly helped bring about the Iranian revolution.

The Making of US Foreign Policy

155 – 72 : 156 , 171 ; also , W . Y . Smith , ' US national security after the Cold
War ' , in E . R . Wittkopf , ed . , The Future of American Foreign Policy ( 2nd edn ,
New York , St Martin ' s , 1994 ) . 12 D . A . Baldwin , ' Security studies and the
end ...

Author: John Dumbrell

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 226

View: 902

Including two post-Cold War case studies on foreign policy in Somalia and Northern Ireland, this book seeks to explain the shaping of US diplomacy through a variety of windows. The structures and traditions which went into it are examined in detail, and the conflicts and interactions between various governmental institutions are explored. The tensions between US expansive internationalism and a native isolationism is also looked at and helps to form an analysis of the relationship between process and substance in foreign policy. Another major theme of the book is the relationship between the making of policy and democratic practices. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

International Law and U S Foreign Policy

It is evident that the legal analysis of the foreign policy problems of the United
States , that have been identified , has been based on the view that if human
beings are to enjoy the advantages and opportunities open to them in today ' s
world ...

Author: Carl Quimby Christol

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 436

View: 421

The second, revised edition of International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy deals with America's most critical international problems, including new chapters on U.S. immigration policy; U.S. oil policy; and terrorism, unlawful detainees, and torture. More broadly, this comprehensive text examines the relationship between international law and important foreign policy decisions, including international criminal tribunals, the human environment and climate change, anti-personnel land mines, arms control and disarmament, the Middle East peace process, and the Iraq crisis from 2002-2006. These issues are presented with the aid of case studies, statutes, international agreements, and the views of leading scholars and jurists. Designed as a text for university students of law and policy, it also is intended to serve the interests of the general public. The book's "Addendum" contains suggestions and sources for citizens seeking larger roles in the formulation of strategies and the directions of law and policy.

United States Foreign Policy Towards India

Wesson , Robert , G . , Foreign Policy for a New Age ( Boston : ( Houghten Mifflin
Co . , 1977 ) . William Appleton Williams , The Tragedy of American Diplomacy (
New York : Dell Publishing Co . , 1972 ) . William Appleton Williams , Empire as a
 ...

Author: M. J. Vinod

Publisher: South Asia Books

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 278

View: 749


U S Foreign Policy for the 1970 s

We ask only that our citizens be treated fairly in accordance with international law
. In some tragic cases , the forces of change take on extreme forms -hijacking ,
kidnapping and terrorism . These are acts of desperation , morally bankrupt .

Author: United States. President (1969-1974 : Nixon)

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: United States

Page: 193

View: 537


The real rebalancing American diplomacy and the tragedy of President Obama s foreign policy

"American security policy rests on a three-legged stool consisting of defense, diplomacy, and development.

Author: John R. Deni

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781584877103

Category: Civil-military relations

Page: 35

View: 455

"American security policy rests on a three-legged stool consisting of defense, diplomacy, and development. As President Obama implied in his May 2014 speech at West Point, the United States is in the midst of a resurgence of diplomacy and development, as it seeks to leverage diplomatic influence, foreign aid, and multilateral institutions to solve the most vexing international security challenges. However, the dramatic rebalance toward diplomacy and development over the last several years has largely has failed. Rhetoric, official strategies, and actual policies have all aimed at rebalancing the three legs of the foreign policy stool. However, several factors point to a continued militarization of U.S. foreign policy, including funding levels, legal authorities, and the growing body of evidence that civilian agencies of the U.S. Government lack the resources, skills, and capabilities to achieve foreign policy objectives. Continued reliance by senior decisionmakers at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue on the U.S. military in the development, planning, and implementation of U.S. foreign policy has significant implications. Foremost among them is the fact that the military itself must prepare for a future not terribly unlike the very recent past"--Publisher's web site.

Ethnicity and U S Foreign Policy

This is a vision of world order that gives American pluralism its proper role in
foreign policy . The United States could begin to focus on the benefits of
international stability in the global system . Unity in diversity and stewardship of
the Earth ...

Author: Abdul Aziz Said

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Category: Ethnology

Page: 242

View: 981


U S Foreign Policy the Paradox of World Power 2nd Edition

THEIR OWN WORDS HARRED HARDIN Global environmental decay emerged
as a central U.S. foreign policy issue in the 1960s and 1970s . In his 1968 article
in Science , Garrett Hardin , a scientist devoted to the study of bioethics , clearly ...

Author: Steven W Hook

Publisher: C Q Press College

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 493

View: 259

An in-depth overview of US foreign policy that highlights a process that is shaped by a paradox: that the very sources of national strength (a sense of national exceptionalism, a diffusion of political powers, and more), also create vulnerabilities for the United States. Includes an array of features to aid student learning. About the Author: Steven W. hook is an associate professor of political science at Kent State University.