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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
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 18th 2001 by Simon Schuster (first published 2001)
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"Jeffrey Goldberg: Are you surprised?

Henry Kissinger: I thought Hillary would win.

...He is the president-elect. We must give him an opportunity to develop his philosophy"*

"So, what does Trump actually believe? He does have a philosophy, though it takes a bit of insight and historical understanding to discern it."**

My guess is that this book will never become a textbook, or guide, to Donald Trump.
I'll be back on it.
Kissinger's thought is past.


"Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign co
Kissinger wrote this book in the spring of 2001, and in a very short period of time it felt completely out of touch. Kissinger berates the American public in Chapter One for being unable to find other countries on a map, and for being so consumed with ourselves. Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski did the same, in 2008 in America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy. They are probably right. The map looks differently in two dimensions, and certainly we can be ...more
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
Luís C.
This book is divided in seven chapters:

1ST. America at the Apex: Empire or Leader?

These particular chapter talks of the environment as changing of the entire world,and also the challenge America as to confront.

2ND. America & Europe: The World of Democracies I

It talks of the changes of the Atlantic,as also of the European Relationships.The Future of Europe & Atlantic integration & cooperation in his meaning.The European Military Crisis as a strategic doctrine: The missile cases and T
Jun 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ali Kabalan
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mohammad Tahrani
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
عنوان الكتاب يختصر لحد كبير محتواه , والسؤال بحد ذاته فيه الكثير من المفارقة ! , ففي البداية يوضح كيسنجر كيف أن الحملات الانتخابية لرؤساء الولايات المتحدة المتعاقبين تعتمد بشكل رئيسي على مخططاتهم وسياساتهم الداخلية حيث لا يكترث معظم الشعب الأمريكي للسياسات الخارجية للدولة . ومع التقدم بقراءة الكتاب يتوضح لك أن السياسة الخارجية تشغل حيزاً كبيراً من اهتمام الرؤساء أثناء فترة توليهم للحكم .

مما يثير الإعجاب في هذا الكتاب هو كيف يفنّد كيسنجر العالم دولة دولة , و منطقة منطقة . ويكتب عن رؤيته للسياسة ا
Scot Berkey
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Abdulsattar
يحتوي هذا الكتاب التوصيفات "الامريكية" للملفات الدولية، ووصفات التعاطي مع تلك الملفات. ابتداءا من اوروبا مرورا بالناتو وروسيا. وملف امريكا الجنوبية الراكد نسبيا. وملف اسيا الهادئ نسبيا برغم ثقل الصين والهند واليابان. وملف الشرق الاوسط الملتهب والمتغير. وملف افريقيا المغضوض الطرف عنه.

بعض الصفحات استقراء للمستقبل، وبعضه قراءة في تاريخ الامم، وبعضها توصيف لحاظر بات ماضيا وتاريخا لحقبة ما بعد ٢٠٠١.

العالم تغير كثيرا .. وما كان يؤرق قادته في مطلع القرن بسيط جدا بالنسبة لما يدور اليوم في ارجاء المعمو
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
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...
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a tad old for 2011 but some arguments are still relevant
Steve M
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Kissinger provides the blueprint for America's priorities in the future. Regardless of your personal opinion of Kissinger, when he talks diplomacy you listen.
Does America Need a Foreign Policy? : Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century by Henry Kissinger (2001)
Steve J
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I marked it as read, I couldn't make it past the first 20 pages. I got mired down in the story line complexity and vocabulary.
Clare Tanner
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally, I love all of Kissinger's works because his writing style is fluid. This book was no different.
Apr 03, 2012 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.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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