America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policyby Published 09 Sep 2008
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The status of the United States as a world power, and the nature of power itself, are at a historic turning point. It is essential that we understand and adapt to the new security environment in which we find ourselves.Two of the most respected figures in American foreign policy are Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft—both former National Security Advisors under markedly different administrations. In America and the World they dissect, in spontaneous and unscripted conversations moderated by David Ignatius, the most significant foreign policy challenges facing the U.S.: the Middle East, Russia, China, Europe, the Developing World, the changing nature of power in a globalized world, and what Brzezinski has called the “global political awakening.” While one author is a Republican and the other a Democrat, they broadly agree on the need to adapt to a new international environment. Where they disagree, their exchanges are always both deeply informed and provocative.
America and the World will define the center of responsible opinion on American foreign policy at a time when the nation’s decisions could determine how long it remains a superpower.
America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy Reviews
Bardzo ciekawe spojrzenie na politykę Stanów Zjednoczonych w zakresie zarówno bezpieczeństwa wewnętrznego, jak i światowego. Szczególnie istotne ze względu na to, że wypowiadają się byli doradcy ds. bezpieczeństwa, a także dlatego, że przy jednym stole, bez żadnych problemów i animozji byli w stanie zasiąść Republikanin i Demokrata. O ile nie zdziwiło mnie za bardzo, że w 90% zgadzam się z Demokratą, to lektura była pouczająca ze względu na datę jej wydania - 2008 rok. Ciekawie jest oceniać jak bardzo przewidywania sprzed ośmiu lat się sprawdziły (bądź nie), a także odnieść niektóre pytania "co będzie" do nowo wybranego prezydenta-elekta.
A candid conversation between two former national security advisors: Zbigniew Brzinzki (from the Carter administration) and Brent Scowcroft (Ford and Bush Sr. administrations) and moderated by Washington Post journalist David Ignatius regarding the future of foreign policy based upon where we have been and where the trends of globalization are taking us. The book takes a while to start into, but after the first chapter it quickly became engrossing. Extremely interesting subject matter, very informative, and surprisingly easy to understand. This would make a good read for every American who is concerned about America's future role on the international stage.
What is interesting about this book is that it is in a conversation format between former NSA advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, moderated by Washington Post reporter, David Ignatius. These gentlemen have a lot of interesting advice for the future and to me, most of it is spot on. This book definitely gave me a lot to ponder.
BRILLIANT. It took me awhile because I would read a chapter and digest it for a couple days. These three men are some of our brightest minds and I really enjoyed their perspective. I really think it is important in the face of our difficult foreign policy problems to discuss those issues, agree and disagree as we will, and really just try and reach a consensus. Dialogue is never worthless if both parties are open to solving the challenge. Brzezinski and Scowcroft are a microcosm for the kind of debate that should be seriously going on in Washington every day.
Although written before the 2008 presidential election, this book and the conversations therein have not lost their relevance. Brzezinski and Scowcroft recognize that America in the 21st century has reason to be kinder, gentler, humbler, and more cooperative than the America of the Cold War days. They continue to believe in the fundamental goodness of American values but worry that the government has gone off the rails since the war on terrorism. I didn't find myself saying "ah-ha!" more than a couple of times throughout the book, but I enjoyed reading two experienced public servants speak wisely about America's future.