Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The Case for Putting America's House in Order

By Richard Haass
(Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465057986, 208pp.)

Publication Date: April 2013

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Global terrorism. Humanitarian disasters. Environmental catastrophe. In the 21st century, the world seems in constant crisis. In Foreign Policy Begins at Home, Council on Foreign Relations president Richard N. Haass outlines an approach to foreign policy that turns the challenge of this dysfunctional world into an opportunity for renewed American leadership.

Laying out a bold vision for how the US can come to shape world events, rather than being shaped by them, Haass argues that we must sharply limit our engagement in foreign wars and humanitarian interventions. Instead, we must focus on rebuilding our domestic institutions through getting entitlements under control, encouraging free trade, and making room for public-private partnerships.

Only by getting its own house in order can the United States reclaim its role as the primary director of global events, and maintain that role in a world of unprecedented chaos.

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