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Preparing America's foreign policy for the 21st century
Boren, David, 1941-
Publication Information:
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Based on papers presented at a conference held at the University of Oklahoma, Sept. 12-16, 1997.
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In 1997 and 1999 a very select group of analysts, practitioners, and scholars assembled at the University of Oklahoma to lay the groundwork for a new United States foreign policy that will promote our nation's ideals while protecting its vital interests in the post-cold war era. This carefully edited collection includes major policy statements and round-table discussions by the best minds of our time as they devise criteria for the employment of military force, economic and trade priorities, a broad covert intelligence mission, and the protection of our planet's ecology-all in the context of our pluralistic society and instantaneous global communication.

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Edited by a former US senator who specialized in intelligence and a former ambassador-expert in geopolitics, this collection of brief essays is authored by the best and brightest in international politics, both academic and political, including Walter F. Mondale, Henry A. Kissinger, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, Michael Okenberg, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Sam Nunn, among others. Part 1 presents the context, the state of the world political scene as of today. Seven parts follow, each focusing on some specific problem the international community in general and the US in particular will face in the 21st century. Each topic includes an overview of the problem and a discussion by one or several authors focusing on their perceptions of the most important issues. The topics presented include problems the US will face in Asia, military challenges, problems and functions of intelligence, trade and economic issues, environmental problems within international relations, the role of the media, and future directions of American foreign policy. The last part projects a challenging view of the next century by taking a long historical perspective back to Roman times. Most of the essays are think pieces rather than research studies, hence there are hardly any data tables or bibliographies. This challenging volume is recommended for all readership levels. L. K. D. Kristof Portland State University