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Does America Need a Foreign Policy?: Toward a New Diplomacy for the 21st Century

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In this timely, thoughtful, and important book, at once far-seeing and brilliantly readable, America's most famous diplomatist explains why we urgently need a new and coherent foreign policy and what our foreign policy goals should be in the post-Cold War world of globalization.
Dr. Henry Kissinger covers the wide range of problems facing the United States at the beginnin
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ebook, 320 pages
Published October 18th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2001)
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Hadrian
The title is a rhetorical joke, of course. Of course the US needs a foreign policy.

This is an overview of the inter-state anarchy of international foreign policy, as viewed by the most calculating of grizzled realists. He cites the need for a more cohesive grand strategy, a few short months before 9/11. I read this book largely as a comparative exercise, to see how these early predictions have held up over the past 12 years.

The book begins with a cursory introduction of America's switch between
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Rodrigo
It was very, well, weak.
The parallels he established between 17th century Europe, the Middle East, 19th century Europe and the Far East, respectively, were simply impeccable. It illustrated the nature of each conflict very well, and brought to light solutions that were actually pretty obvious, but no one would have thought of if it wasn't for the comparisons he made. An egg of Columbus kinda thing.
But that's about all I found remarkable about it. That's quite a weighty statement, I know, but I w
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Ali Kabalan
ورد في الصفحة 212 من النسخة الإنكليزية و 216 من النسخة العربية: إن إنكماشاً إقتصاديا سيحدث عاجلاً أم آجلاً. والتوسع الإقتصادي الأميركي الذي يبدو بدون حدود مع كتابة هذه السطور ربيع 2001 مقيد بالدخول في فترات ركود عاجلاً أم آجلاً والمسألة الوحيدة معرفة توقيته وعمقه ... وسناريو ذلك:
- هبوط في سوق الأسهم لفترة طويلة
- خفض إستهلاك الأميركيين الذين يستثمرون مدخراتهم في سوق الأسهم
إنخفاض معدلات التصدير في الدول الأخرى مما سيؤدي الى ركود في تلك البلاد
- تلجأ لمصارف الى تخفيض أموال الإقراض
المسؤولون عن الخزان
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Scot Berkey
This is a fantastic primmer on the interrelationships between countries and peoples. Kissinger brings the reader through the histories of the different regions of the planet, spanning time and helping the reader understand how country borders have been defined over time and how they relate with the different cultures and religions in those regions. He also explores the expanding global economy and the interrelationships across the various regions as they exist today. He threads all of this toget ...more
Tian Chen
Kissinger gives a tour d'horizon of the geo-political chessboard of different regions of the world, and how America should deal with them.

Kissinger's approach is -- as is his style -- Bismarckian realist. His central frame of reference is that of Europe, area to which he first applied his rigorous study.

One way to judge the quality of a book on geopolitics is its staying power. Written in 2001, this work passes the test with flying colors. Globalization may have since remade the economic landsca
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Bryan
If you really want to know his on the world than read this book and his book Diplomacy. Lengthy but insightful perspectives on the post-nuclear world, détente, and globalization. A brilliant man's view without a lot of the ego that is ever-present in his memoirs.
This was his last book before 9/11 and as such gives a unique insight into how he viewed the world at the end of the Clinton administration. His views and opinions on the ME are striking; in that, they are playing out similar to how he
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Mustafa Basree
Well, if I wanna write a review I need another one or two books to do so. The book is thorough, includes almost every single thing that happened during the past thirty years. It also recorded historical events and stuff to back it up! Although Mr. Henry used fancy vocabs and various types of structures of sentences, but it was easy to understand, to learn a particular concept such as why some contries are using foreign policy as a reflect to their domestic policies...
BBBTerri
This is a very easy read. Kissinger is one of America's most famous diplomats and explains well what our foreign policy goals should be and the history of why. He easily goes through each of the world democracies: America & Europe, The western hemisphere, Asia, The Middle East & Africa. It is a very intricate and difficult board game everyone plays in their attempt to keep peace and safety around the globe.
Great book!
Andrew
Not as good as his early work "Diplomacy" but still an interesting and insightful read. You can almost feel Kissinger straining to try to incorporate "humanitarian" goals in foreign policy into his much more traditional realpolitik views. He definitely is not a fan of the Clinton foreign policy and made some pretty accurate predictions about our post-9/11 involvement.
Ernie
Flat out must read for anyone who cares about the US foreign policy and why we spend billions. Just a fascinating book to see how in a global economy how he puts it all together and comes full circle. This is a book to read and re-read to really appreciate.
Bistra Ivanova
може би също интересна, но четена набързо и отново за изпит
все пак кисинджър е малко досаден с твърде позитивното си отношение към сащ - нарича ги най-значимата нация в историята на човечеството, ей!
Leo
Apr 03, 2012 Leo is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Though published right before the attacks of 9/11 it is still a very good read a very insightful on the last 40 years of the USA's foreign policy and in which direction HK feels it should take.
Steve M
Kissinger provides the blueprint for America's priorities in the future. Regardless of your personal opinion of Kissinger, when he talks diplomacy you listen.
Ray
I was willing, and tried to absorb it, but it was just too dry. Seemed to have more generalizations than specifics. No timely advice here.
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a tad old for 2011 but some arguments are still relevant
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This was a good read.
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Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger) is a German-born American bureaucrat, diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon administration. Kissinger emerged unscathed from the Watergate scandal, and maintained his powerful position when Gerald Ford became President.

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