Foreign Affairs Strategy Logic for American Statecraft

ISBN-10: 0521692776

ISBN-13: 9780521692779

Edition: 2007

Authors: Terry L. Deibel

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This is a book on how to think - strategically - about foreign policy. Focusing on American foreign policy, this book discusses the national interest as a concept in strategic logic and describes how to select objectives that will take advantage of opportunities to promote interests, while protecting them against threats. It also discusses national power and influence, as well as the political, informational, economic, and military instruments of state power. Based on a graphic model that illustrates strategic logic, the book uses examples from recent American statecraft. It ends with an extended critique of current American foreign policy and a detailed outline of an alternative strategy that is better suited to the problems of the 21st century.
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Terry L. Deibel holds the Diplome of the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has served in the International Programs Division of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President of the United States, and in the Politico-Military Affairs Bureau of the Department of State. Dr Deibel taught at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and since 1978 he has been a faculty member, associate dean, and department chairman at the National War College in Washington, D.C., where for many years he directed the teaching of foreign affairs strategy to mid-career foreign service, intelligence, and military officers.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Defining Strategy
What Is Strategy?
From Military Strategy to National Security Strategy
The Many Meanings of Strategy
The Characteristics of Foreign Affairs Strategy
Comprehensive
Long-Range
Means-Sensitive
Purposeful
Coherent
Interactive
Thinking about Foreign Affairs Strategy
Assess
The International Strategic Environment
Actors, System, and Structure
How the World Works
Geopolitics and the Balance of Power
Newton, Darwin, and Chaos
Interdependence, Globalization, and the Information Revolution
Evaluating Globalization
Internal Pressures
The Role of Ideas
Into the Subconscious
The Domestic Context for Strategy
Americans and Strategy
Splits and Shifts in Public Opinion
Stability and Structure in Public Opinion
Opinion, Parties, and Polarization
Strategy Begins at Home
The Domestic Context Since 9/11
The Role of Contextual Assumptions
Analyze
Interests, Threats, and Opportunities
Categories of Interest
Defining Interests
Values and Standards of Judgment
Prioritizing Interests
Threats, Challenges, and Resistance
Interests and Threats
Threat-Based versus Opportunity-Based Strategies
Power and Influence
Power as Control over Resources
Latent or Potential Power
Actual or Mobilized Power
Absolute Power versus Relative Power
The Economics of American Power
Absolute Wealth and Relative Power
Concrete Power versus Perceptual Power
Power and American Strategy
Plan
The Instruments of State Power
Political Instruments: Negotiation
Political Instruments: International Organization
Political Instruments: International Law
Political Instruments: Alliances
Information Instruments: Public Diplomacy
Economic Instruments: Trade and Finance
Economic Instruments: Foreign Aid
Economic Instruments: Sanctions
Military Instruments: Persuasive Use of Force
Conclusion: Instrument Priorities
Linking Ends and Means
Influence Attempts, Impacts, and Success
A Spectrum of Generic Strategies
Designing a Foreign Affairs Strategy
Ends: Draw up a Preliminary List of Objectives
Means: Choose Instruments to Accomplish Objectives
Statecraft: Specify Ways of Using Instruments Conditionality
Secrecy
Breadth
Number
Order
Evaluating Courses of Action
Impact: Estimate How Courses of Action (COAs) Will Affect Recipients
Success: Estimate How Targets Will React
Cost: Evaluate Whether the Strategy Is Worth Its Cost
Risk: Consider that Things May Not Go As Planned
Coherence: Check Internal and External Compatibility of Ends, Means, and Ways
The Uses of Foreign Affairs Strategy
Conclusion: American Foreign Affairs Strategy Today
Modeling the Bush National Security Strategy
Critiquing the Bush Strategy
Assessing Today's Interests, Threats, and Opportunities
Domestic Support, Power, and Influence
Assembling Courses of Action
Security
Prosperity
Value Preservation and Projection
Evaluating Strategies for the Twenty-First Century
Definitions of Grand Strategy, National Security Strategy, and Statecraft
A Linear Design for Foreign Affairs Strategy
Index
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