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And How to Restore America's Standing in the World

Dennis Ross

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


In this wise and thought-provoking book, the renowned peace negotiator Dennis Ross shows that America's current foreign policy problems stem from the Bush administration's inability to use the tools of statecraft to advance our national interests. Ross explains that in the globalized world—with its fluid borders, terrorist networks, and violent unrest—statecraft is more necessary than ever. In vivid chapters, he outlines how statecraft helped shape a new world order after 1989. He shows how the failure of statecraft in Iraq and throughout the Middle East has undercut the United States and makes clear that only statecraft can check the rise of China and the danger of a nuclear Iran. He draws on his expertise to reveal the art of successful negotiation. And he shows how the next president could resolve today's problems and define a realistic, ambitious foreign policy. Statecraft is "an essential book for our time" (Walter Isaacson).

Chapter One


Even more than his actual conduct of our foreign affairs, George W. Bush's rhetorical approach to foreign policy has been criticized and caricatured. That he speaks...

Praise for Statecraft

“If America is going to try to return to practicing statecraft, Statecraft shows where to begin.” —Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times Book Review

“An important contribution to the vital debate about how the next president should define and implement foreign policy.” —Chester A. Crocker, Foreign Affairs

“Rarely has a book been more timely or urgently needed. ” —Bill Clinton


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Dennis Ross

Dennis Ross, Middle East envoy and the chief peace negotiator in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is now a counselor and distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is the author of The Missing Peace, among other books, and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dennis Ross

Dennis Ross's faculty profile at Georgetown University

Dennis Ross's profile at the Washington Institute

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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