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
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.
This book is basically a mediated interview between Brzezinski and Scowcroft, two National Security Advisors for Presidents Carter and Bush Sr. The mediator asks them questions about different foreign policy issues facing America and lets them take turns answering and discussing the current situation and how America should engage them. The topics include Iraq, Iran, Arab-Israeli Conflict, China, Japan, EU and a host of other foreign policy issues. I loved this book because it gave me a clear picture of what is happening in the world and what the next President needs to look at doing in order to improve our image and change the world for the better. I felt that both former NSAs were fairly non-biased and non-partisan although one is a Dem and one a Republican.
This was a great read for a very balanced and intelligent discussion on US foreign policy. The book is written in a interview format between Zbigniew and Scowcrorft, foreign policy advisers to the Carter and Bush 1 presidencies. Both have incredible understanding and detailed knowledge of the issues that US foreign policy needs to deal with in the future administration. Overall, this book is a great summary of the issues that the US needs to deal with in the next administration and they are discussed with adequate balance and understanding of the current status of the world that makes this book a pleasure to read.
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.
This is an excellent piece of journalism by David Ignatius that delves into the world's problems near the end of the Bush Administration. In this 2008 interview of two former National Security Advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, they discuss everything from China, European Union, Climate Change, Israel-Palestinian conflict, Iran, xenophobia, and Vladimir Putin.
Although these two men didn't anticipate Russia's annexation of Crimea or the migrant crisis, they accurately warn about the dangers of xenophobia and Putin's nature. They also signal the future support for what would eventually be the Iran Deal. In this book they both support a non ideological approach to promoting American values. They both come to the conclusion that we need to lead by example, but also remain part of the international order.