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John Brady Kiesling, a twenty-year veteran of the foreign service, publicly resigned his position as political counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Athens in February 2003 to protest the Bush administration's impending invasion of Iraq. He believed that the security, economic, and moral costs of this war, including the blackening of America's image abroad, would far outweigh any benefit to the American people. In Diplomacy Lessons, Kiesling reminds readers that U.S. power does not rest on military might alone and that anger at America has real consequences for U.S. national interests.The security and prosperity of the American people depend on efficient cooperation with foreigners on a range of issues, not only terrorism and nuclear nonproliferation but also trade policy, environmental protection, and even public health. The policy decisions of America's foreign partners are driven by domestic politics, just as they are in the United States, and effective U.S. diplomacy requires understanding these political realities. An unloved superpower faces significant costs, both economic and strategic, in the pursuit of its interests. Kiesling calls for a return to realist policy making that recognizes the limits of U.S. power and uses thoughtful diplomacy to legitimize our security requirements in the eyes of our international partners.This book is, at heart, an argument for how to best achieve America's goals abroad. Kiesling's passionate critique of current U.S. foreign policy and his prescriptions for restoring American influence and legitimacy will interest anyone concerned about the future of U.S. and world affairs.

Book News Annotation:

Kiesling, a long-time US Foreign Service officer who resigned in 2003 to protest the looming invasion of Iraq, here presents what might be considered his apologia for that action, laying out what he sees as the proper role of diplomacy in the conduct of US foreign policy. He reflects on the experiences of his diplomatic career in order to defend a realist perspective of US diplomacy that recognizes the limitations of American power and the need to build international political legitimacy in pursuit of American goals. Distributed in the US by Books International.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Kiesling, a long-time US Foreign Service officer who resigned in 2003 to protest the looming invasion of Iraq, here presents what might be considered his apologia for that action, laying out what he sees as the proper role of diplomacy in the conduct of US foreign policy. He reflects on the experiences of his diplomatic career in order to defend a realist perspective of US diplomacy that recognizes the limitations of American power and the need to build international political legitimacy in pursuit of American goals. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

John Brady Kiesling, a twenty-year veteran of the foreign service, publicly resigned his position as political counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Athens in February 2003 to protest the Bush administration's impending invasion of Iraq. He believed that the security, economic, and moral costs of this war, including the blackening of America's image abroad, would far outweigh any benefit to the American people. In

Synopsis:

A dissident U.S. Foreign Service officer's prescriptions for an effective foreign policy

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597970174
Author:
Kiesling, John Brady
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Author:
Keisling, John B.
Author:
Kiesling, John Brady
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Diplomats
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
United States Foreign public opinion.
Subject:
United States--Foreign relations--2001-
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
317
Dimensions:
9.24x6.52x1.25 in. 1.39 lbs.

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