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The dispensable nation : American foreign policy in retreat

Author: Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Former State Department advisor for Afghanistan and Pakistan and bestselling author Vali Nasr delivers a sharp indictment of America's flawed foreign policy and outlines a new relationship with the Muslim world and with new players in the changing Middle East. In this essential new book, Vali Nasr argues that the Obama administration had a chance to improve its relations with the Middle East, but instead chose to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
ISBN: 9780385536479 038553647X
OCLC Number: 818659696
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 300 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Prologue: "A week in September" --
Afghanistan : the good war gone bad --
Afghanistan : reconciliation? --
Who lost Pakistan? --
Iran : between war and containment --
Iraq : the signal democracy --
The fading promise of the Arab spring --
The gathering storm --
The China challenge --
Conclusion: America, the pivotal nation.
Responsibility: Vali Nasr.
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"Former State Department advisor for Afghanistan and Pakistan and bestselling author Vali Nasr delivers a sharp indictment of America's flawed foreign policy and outlines a new relationship with the Muslim world and with new players in the changing Middle East. In this essential new book, Vali Nasr argues that the Obama administration had a chance to improve its relations with the Middle East, but instead chose to pursue its predecessor's questionable strategies there. Nasr takes readers behind the scenes at the State Department and reveals how the new government's fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism crippled the efforts of diplomatic giants, like Richard Holbrooke and Hillary Clinton, to boost America's foundering credibility with world leaders. Meanwhile, the true economic threats, China and Russia, were quietly expanding their influence in the region. And a second Arab Spring is brewing--not a hopeful clamor for democracy but rage at the United States for its foreign policy of drones and assassinations. Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and firsthand experience in diplomacy, Nasr offers a powerful reassessment of American foreign policy that directs the country away from its failing relationships in the Middle East (such as with Saudi Arabia) toward more productive, and less costly, partnerships with other foreign allies (such as Turkey). Forcefully persuasive, Vali Nasr's book is a game changer for America as it charts a course in the Muslim world, Asia, and beyond."--

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