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2007 Policy #02 Diplomacy Top Books

Earth Policy #2: Diplomacy

A Listmania! list by Robert David STEELE Vivas (Oakton, VA United States)
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The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People
1.  The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People by Jonathan Schell
The list author says:
“This is REF A.  No one can be Secretary of State, and effective, without taking this book to heart.”
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The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
2.  The Fifty-Year Wound: How America’s Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World by Derek Leebaert
The list author says:
“This is REF B.  We lied, we cheated, we wasted.”
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The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
3.  The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century by Max Manwaring
The list author says:
“After Ref A and Ref B have been understood, this is the next book for any future Secretary of State to read.  Legitimacy and morality and consensus, not force, and bluster, and lies, are the path to mutual peace and prosperity.”
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Preparing America's Foreign Policy for the Twenty-first Century
4.  Preparing America’s Foreign Policy for the Twenty-first Century by Edward J. Perkins
The list author says:
“Single best book on the nuances of foreign policy, still the best.”
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Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords and a World of Endless Conflict
5.  Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords and a World of Endless Conflict by William Shawcross
The list author says:
“Naive Americans throwing money around create bigger problems including black mzrkets and an incentive for local wars to continue.”
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Statecraft: And How to Restore America's Standing in the World
6.  Statecraft: And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World by Dennis Ross
The list author says:
“Certainly worth considering.”
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Diplomacy (A Touchstone book)
7.  Diplomacy (A Touchstone book) by Henry Kissinger
The list author says:
“Used to be a standard, but now that all his war crimes and covert undermining of the Paris Peace talks have come out (20,000 additional Americans died because of Henry Kissinger), I include that as a standard for how NOT to misrepresent America.”
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The Power of Israel in the United States
8.  The Power of Israel in the United States by James F. Petras
The list author says:
“Absolutely essential.”
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Inside a U.S. Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America
9.  Inside a U.S. Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America by Shawn Dorman
The list author says:
“Really basic, but the key is that diplomats are in the minority and have no money to spend, the secretaries have been cut out of the budget so the junior officers are the secretaries, and the CIA is spending so much money that no one wants to talk to the diplomats.”
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War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
10.  War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death by Norman Solomon
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“Cautionary tale.”
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Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America (The Public Square)
11.  Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America (The Public Square) by Andrei S. Markovits
The list author says:
“Worth understanding.  See my list on Blowback, Dissent, and Anti-Americanism.”
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International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance
12.  International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance by Margaret P. Karns
The list author says:
“They are assuming many of the duties of failed governments.”
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Diplomacy, Third Edition: Theory and Practice
13.  Diplomacy, Third Edition: Theory and Practice by G.R. Berridge
The list author says:
“Good overview.  More theory than practice.”
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Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
14.  Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude by Robert Baer
The list author says:
“Excellent example of White House betrayal of the national interest.”
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Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes
15.  Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes by Irving L. Janis
The list author says:
“Classic.  Now imagine the neo-conservatives on steroids.”
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The Clash of Civilizations?: The Debate
16.  The Clash of Civilizations?: The Debate by Samuel P. Huntington
The list author says:
“Often praised, I am less enthusiastic.  Rather than civilizations, World War III is a race between education that can create stabilizing wealth, and global ararchy.  He missed the grass roots violence and the spread of Improvised Explosive Devices.  It is now cheaper to fight a conventional army, and “win” on a day to day basis, than ever before.”
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A Republic, Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny
17.  A Republic, Not an Empire: Reclaiming America’s Destiny by Patrick J. Buchanan
The list author says:
“Everything he writes needs to be read.”
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The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11
18.  The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 by John Yoo
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“Cautionary note.”
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Propaganda, Inc.: Selling America's Culture to the World (Open Media Series) (Seven Stories' Open Media)
19.  Propaganda, Inc.: Selling America’s Culture to the World (Open Media Series) (Seven Stories’ Open Media) by Nancy Snow
The list author says:
“Propaganda is no way to sell a country.  You sell it on morality, legitimacy, and reliability.”
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The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World
20.  The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World by Mark Hertsgaard
The list author says:
“See my longer review, excellent analysis.”
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Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World
21.  Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World by Ralph Peters
The list author says:
“One of America’s top strategists.”
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American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy
22.  American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy by A. J. Bacevich
The list author says:
“Warning notice!”
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Foreign Affairs Strategy: Logic for American Statecraft
23.  Foreign Affairs Strategy: Logic for American Statecraft by Terry L. Deibel
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“Honored in the breach.”
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Foreign Policy and Ethnic Interest Groups: American and Canadian Jews Lobby for Israel (Contributions in Political Science)
24.  Foreign Policy and Ethnic Interest Groups: American and Canadian Jews Lobby for Israel (Contributions in Political Science) by David Howard Goldberg
The list author says:
“Our biggest dxomestic problem after Dick Cheney and the lack of ethics in the White House.”
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Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
25.  Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson
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“See also Sorrows of Empire.”
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The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World Essays from 75 Years of Foreign Affairs
26.  The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World Essays from 75 Years of Foreign Affairs by James F., Jr. Hoge
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“See my longer review.  One of the very best collection on foreign affairs I have seen.”
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The American Style of Foreign Policy: Cultural Politics and Foreign Affairs
27.  The American Style of Foreign Policy: Cultural Politics and Foreign Affairs by Robert Dallek
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“Useful cultural perspective.”
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The New Shape of World Politics: Contending Paradigms in International Relations
28.  The New Shape of World Politics: Contending Paradigms in International Relations by Foreign Affairs
The list author says:
“Good basis for reflection.”
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THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest
29.  THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest by Robert David Steele
The list author says:
“My own book, I leave it last but it probably could rank in the top ten given Thomas Jefferson’s statement, “A Nation’s best defense is an educated citizenry.””
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2007 Policy #02 Diplomacy Top Centers

EIN Starting Points/Rank

U.S. Department of Stateexternal link
Official website. 1

Council on Foreign Relationsexternal link
CFR is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. The Council is headquartered in New York with an office in Washington, DC. Includes articles published in Foreign Affair magazine. 2

Public Diplomacy Websiteexternal link
Sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency Alumni Association. This web site is designed to inform anyone interested in U.S. foreign affairs regarding the important role public diplomacy has played, and is playing, in supporting U.S. foreign policy and in safeguarding and advancing U.S. interests. Site includes articles about public diplomacy and its conduct as well as the debate over public policy and its future. 3

USC Center on Public Diplomacyexternal link
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is a joint academic research, teaching and training Center created and run jointly by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences School of International Relations. Site provides “What’s New In Public Policy,” events, center projects and a library. 4

Foreign Policy In Focusexternal link
FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. They believe U.S. security and world stability are best advanced through a commitment to peace, justice and environmental protection as well as economic, political, and social rights. FPIF advocates that diplomatic solutions, global cooperation, and grassroots participation guide foreign policy. 5

Coalition for Citizen Diplomacyexternal link
The Coalition for Citizen Diplomacy, representing millions of volunteer citizen diplomats across the United States, promotes positive and sustainable international engagement of Americans through a wide range of international exchange and educational initiatives involving innovative public, private, and volunteer partnerships. 6

Saudi Arabia U.S. Relations Information Serviceexternal link
The SUSRIS project — an independent, private-sector information resource – offers objective, comprehensive news and information on the history, breadth and depth of the US-Saudi Arabia relationship. 7

Empower the United Nations!external link
The purpose of this website is to facilitate & coordinate information from people & organizations throughout the world who are working towards the revitalization & reform of the United Nations and creating a People’s Parliament within the United Nations. 8

Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacyexternal link
The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peace building and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through a multi-track diplomatic effort, which includes government, professional conflict resolution, business, private citizen exchanges, training and education, peace activism, religion, funding, and lastly communication, which ties together all the tracks. 9

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Global Policy Programexternal link
Projects include: Democracy; Rule of Law; Middle East; Non-Proliferation; South Asia; Trade, Equity and Development; and the U.S. Role in the World. 10

Diplomacy Monitorexternal link
Tracking Internet-based Global Diplomacy. A growing number of governments are implementing sophisticated Internet strategies to communicate their foreign affairs policies, trade initiatives, alliances and diplomatic exchanges globally as quickly as possible through websites operated by heads of state, ministries, missions, embassies and consulates, often in multiple languages. The St. Thomas University School of Law utilizes specially developed proprietary software to monitor the global output of communiqués, official statements, press briefings, position papers, interview transcripts and news releases from hundreds of diplomacy-related websites in near real-time and channel it into synthesized information streams within Diplomacy Monitor. 11

Disaster Diplomacyexternal link
Disaster-related activities can significantly influence and move along diplomatic processes which have already started, but rarely produce new diplomatic results or initiatives without other factors dominating. Disaster Diplomacy can be expanded to examine the role of disaster in international affairs and international relations as well as applying the principles and results to internal political situations. Such projects and ideas are found in the case studies and projects and ideas sections of this website. As Disaster Diplomacy embraces a wider definition, it is guided by the Radix discussion involving the links amongst disasters, human rights, and sustainability. 12

Center for Environmental Diplomacyexternal link
CED associates and their network of environmental NGOs aim to strengthen, encourage and improve Palestinian and Israeli communities through cooperation on the environment. CED programs seek to provide a cleaner environment in the West Bank, Jordan Valley and Israel. CED works to support democratic institutions and transparent governance of institutions that provide services to the community. Their goal is to promote a healthy economy to sustain environmental programs and services which foster cooperation and improve living conditions. 13

International Center for Religion and Diplomacyexternal link
ICRD is about “cause,” and has as its highest priority the task of preventing conflict rather than dealing with its consequences after the fact. Capitalizing on the positive role that religious or spiritual factors can play in facilitating trust and overcoming differences is a trademark ingredient of the Center’s approach. The mission of ICRD is to address identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution. 14

Cultural Diplomacyexternal link
This website makes a concise review of the basics of cultural diplomacy. Culture is a powerful instrument in the hands of diplomats to pursue national interest in a non-intrusive, intelligent, convincing and cost-effective manner. Culture is utilized actively in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy to foster intercultural understanding and meaningful dialogue between nations. Site provides a definition of cultural diplomacy and looks at the actors, organs and tools involved in the process, as well as links to related sites. 15

2007 Policy #02 Diplomacy Forecast

PDF:  P02 Diplomacy

POLICY:  Diplomacy

Sooner or later, the US will be forced to resolve a contradiction – how can it be “Leader of the Free World” and “World’s Greatest Democracy” but undemocratically deny a “vote” in the agenda to those it is leading. Iraq, more than any event since 1945, has put unilateralism back into everyday debate. But the United Nations was formed to be an alternative to unilateralism.

Near-Term:

Britain, had foreign policy mechanisms well in place by the 14th century, but arguably the isolationist US did not start doing serious foreign policy until 1940. This, and other factors, is responsible for the several serious foreign policy mistakes in the last 60 years – backing the “wrong side” for short term political motive to have that decision blow back with a vengeance.  Iraq has been a watershed for US diplomacy, causing US credibility in many places to wear very thin, and in some places to add credibility to the anti-US challenge from global Islamic militantism.  Can the US be the only one in step?

Mid-Term:

Diplomacy need not be the zero-sum game. All states act in their own national interest, and often ruthlessly, but the point of diplomacy is to achieve national ends while making as few long-term enemies as possible. It is arguable that the US has not got this highly nuanced game right yet. But it needs to if it is not to find itself in a world less and less able to share its vision — to be not only the tolerated “fat kid in the canoe”* but suddenly to be friendless. Diplomacy nurtures and furthers national interests which are so important that they should transcend administrations. Politics is about tomorrow and the next election; Diplomacy is about the nation’s place in the world a generation from now.  *[attributed to Dean Rusk]

Long-Term:

Doubtless the US Diplomatic Corps has talents equal to the best in the world but there is a sense in many places that the US is new to “the great game”, and it shows.  The negotiations alleged this week between the UK Foreign Office and the Muslim Brotherhood is instructive. As the spiritual parent of most radical Islamic movements in the world today, the Muslim Brotherhood seems an unlikely partner. But, thinking deeply about the roots of Islamic militantism throughout history and today, it is obvious that the only way to a lasting solution is to beard the lion (or one of the lions) in the den and establish a win-win position.  Far-sightedness is everything.