9781137298546

The Demilitarization of American Diplomacy Two Cheers for Striped Pants

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    9781137298546

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    1137298545

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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Summary

Both an insider and a historian, Laurence Pope describes the contemporary dysfunction of the State Department and its Foreign Service. While the Defense Department and the American military services have reinvented themselves in a decade of failed nation-building wars, the State Department is promising to do a better job of nation-building next time. Its policy functions have migrated to the White House. Secretaries of State largely ignore the State Department bureaucracy, circumventing it with a personal staff. Pope contends that in the information age diplomacy is more important than ever, and that, as President Obama has stressed, without a 'change of thinking' the U.S. may be drawn into more wars it does not need to fight.

Author Biography

Laurence Pope is a retired American diplomat who lives in Portland, Maine, USA. He is the author of several books, including François de Callieres: A Political Life (2010), a biography of the first proponent of professional diplomacy.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A City on a Hill Cannot be Hid 
2. The Perpetual Decline of the State Department
3. Hillary Clinton's Power Outage
4. Drones, Cyberwar, Special Forces and Other Extraterritorials
5. Two Cheers for Striped Pants: Diplomacy for the 21st Century
Selected Bibliography

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