Statecraft

And How to Restore America's Standing in the World

By Dennis Ross
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374299286, 384pp.)

Publication Date: June 12, 2007

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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 the Author

Dennis Ross, Middle East envoy for George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is now a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Foreign Affairs called his first book, The Missing Peace, "a major contribution to the diplomatic history of the twentieth century."




Praise For Statecraft

"Statecraft is full of insights about how the world works and why U.S. foreign policy doesn't. Dennis Ross provides a refreshing prescription for renewing U.S. leadership. A brilliant book at just the right time."--Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State

"Many may speak of statecraft, but few actually understand it. Dennis Ross is one of our country's best practitioners of statecraft. Now he has written about it. He offers important insights into what made for good and bad statecraft in the past, and offers an extraordinary guide for how to employ its tools. Even more importantly, he applies it prospectively to demonstrate what needs to be done (and how to do it) on challenges like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iranian nuclear weapons. Rarely has a book been more timely or urgently needed."--Bill Clinton

"For the past two decades, Dennis Ross has been a participant in or close observer of the major events in U.S. foreign policy. His new book offers both insightful modern history and a senior practitioner's guidance on how to deploy America's multi-faceted influence to achieve the nation's ends. Whether student, scholar, or struggling to understand America's unique ability to shape world affairs, readers will gain from his pointed and perceptive analyses."--Robert B. Zoellick, Former U.S Trade Representative and Deputy Secretary of State "This is an essential book for our time. With the rise of terrorism in a globalized world, the art of statecraft is more critical than ever. But America seems to have lost its touch for diplomacy. Dennis Ross is one of the nation's most brilliant and dedicated negotiators. He explains the past triumphs of statecraft, most notably during the administration of the elder President Bush, gives useful rules for how to succeed in negotiations, and envisions a statecraft that a future president could use to deal with the Middle East and China."  -- Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute and author of Einstein: His Life and Universe "For the past two decades, Dennis Ross has been a participant in or close observer of the major events in U.S. foreign policy. His new book offers both insightful modern history and a senior practitioner's guidance on how to deploy America's multi-faceted influence to achieve the nation's ends. Whether student, scholar, or struggling to understand America's unique ability to shape world affairs, readers will gain from his pointed and perceptive analyses." -- Robert B. Zoellick, Former U.S Trade Representative and Deputy Secretary of State

"Many may speak of statecraft, but few actually understand it. Dennis Ross is one of our country's best practitioners of statecraft. Now he has written about it. He offers important insights into what made for good and bad statecraft in the past, and offers an extraordinary guide for how to employ its tools. Even more importantly, he applies it prospectively to demonstrate what needs to be done (and how to do it) on challenges like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iranian nuclear weapons. Rarely has a book been more timely or urgently needed.          --Bill Clinton

"Dennis Ross is one of our wisest practitioners of statecraft. In this well written account, he lays out the wisdom and skills he applied in Republican and Democratic administrations, and outlines the statecraft we so desperately need if we are to restore America's influence and soft power in the world."    --Joseph S. Nye Jr is University Distinguished Professor at Harvard and author of Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics.

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