Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

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Basic Books, Apr 8, 2014 - Political Science - 224 pages
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A rising China, climate change, terrorism, a nuclear Iran, a turbulent Middle East, and a reckless North Korea all present serious challenges to America's national security. But it depends even more on the United States addressing its burgeoning deficit and debt, crumbling infrastructure, second class schools, and outdated immigration system. While there is currently no great rival power threatening America directly, how long this strategic respite lasts, according to Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass, will depend largely on whether the United States puts its own house in order.

Haass lays out a compelling vision for restoring America's power, influence, and ability to lead the world and advocates for a new foreign policy of Restoration that would require the US to limit its involvement in both wars of choice, and humanitarian interventions.

Offering essential insight into our world of continual unrest, this new edition addresses the major foreign and domestic debates since hardcover publication, including US intervention in Syria, the balance between individual privacy and collective security, and the continuing impact of the sequester.

 

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

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This book can be seen as a follow-up to earlier works by the prolific Haass (president, Council on Foreign Relations; The Opportunity: America's Moment To Alter History's Course). The major ... Read full review

FOREIGN POLICY BEGINS AT HOME: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

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Council on Foreign Relations president Haass (War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, 2010, etc.) makes the case for "a new approach to domestic and foreign policy."The author ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE RETURN OF HISTORY
11
Brave New World
15
American Primacy
21
Chinas Rise
31
A PostEuropean World
38
The Wannabe Major Powers
43
The Global Gap
48
Integration
100
Restoration
104
A Defensible Defense
114
RESTORATION AT HOME
121
The Deficit and the Debt
123
Energy
129
Education
134
Infrastructure
139

Reason for Optimism
63
Reason for Worry
68
The Middle East Morass
74
The Consequences of Historys Return
78
RESTORATION ABROAD
81
Doctrines and Democracy
85
Saving Lives
91
Taking on Terrorists
95
Immigration
143
Economic Growth
149
Politics
154
Conclusion
160
Acknowledgments
165
Notes
169
Index
185
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Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations since July 2003, was previously director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal advisor to Colin Powell. From 1989-1993, he was special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and senior director for the Near East and South Asia on the staff of the National Security Council. Haass also served in the Reagan and Carter administrations. The recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award and the Presidential Citizens Medal, he is the author or editor of twelve other books. Haass lives in New York City.

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