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Dealing with dictators : dilemmas of U.S. diplomacy and intelligence analysis, 1945-1990

Author: Ernest R May; Philip Zelikow; Kirsten Lundberg; Robert David Johnson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2006.
Series: BCSIA studies in international security.
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"This book illustrates the chronic dilemmas inherent in U.S. dealings with dictators under conditions of uncertainty and moral ambiguity. The authors' insights shed new light on critical episodes in U.S. foreign policy and provide a basis for understanding the dilemmas that U.S. decision-makers confronted. The chapters do not focus on whether U.S. leaders made the "right" or "wrong" decisions, but instead seek to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Cas, Études de
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dealing with dictators.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607761386
Online version:
Dealing with dictators.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2006
(OCoLC)629893390
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest R May; Philip Zelikow; Kirsten Lundberg; Robert David Johnson
ISBN: 0262134594 9780262134590 0262633248 9780262633246
OCLC Number: 62679945
Description: xiv, 227 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Seven tenets / Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow --
China, 1945-1948 : making hard choices / Ernest R. May, with assistance from Kirsten Lundberg and Robert D. Johnson --
The Congo, 1960-1963 : weighing worst choices / Charles G. Cogan and Ernest R. May, with assistance from Kirsten Lundberg and Robert D. Johnson --
Nicaragua, 1977-1979 : losing "our son-of-a-bitch" / Robert D. Johnson, with assistance from Kirsten Lundberg --
Iran, 1978-1979 : coping with the unthinkable / Gregory F. Treverton, with assistance from James Klocke --
The Philippines, 1983-1986 : arranging a divorce / William E. Kline and James Worthen, with assistance from Kirsten Lundberg and Robert D. Johnson --
Iraq, 1988-1990 : unexpectedly heading toward war / Zachary Karabell ... [et al.] --
Learning from the cases / Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow.
Series Title: BCSIA studies in international security.
Responsibility: Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow, editors ; with Kirsten Lundberg and Robert D. Johnson.

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Analysis of the foreign policy dilemmas US leaders have faced in dealings with dictatorships in China, the Congo, Iran, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Iraq before the Gulf War.  Read more...

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