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Product Details

  • Series: Cross-Cultural Negotiation Books
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878379658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878379658
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Freeman has written a beautiful treatise on the tools of diplomacy." -- Foreign Service Journal

"Seminal because it goes to the heart of diplomacy and international negotiations and necessary because it provides an essential update to the few existing classical works on the subject. A thought-provoking manual for the professional diplomat as well as a guidebook for the student of diplomacy--or even the casual reader interested in current international topics." -- Parameters

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Chas. W. Freeman, Jr., has been a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War, and assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. He was a fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1994-95 and is the author of Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy (USIP Press) and Diplomat's Dictionary (USIP Press).


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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By James Schoonmaker on July 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Although this book contains only 140 pages of text, Freeman has managed to pack a lot of useful information into it. Its focus is on the practical application of statecraft. To quote Freeman, "statecraft is concerned with the application of the power of the state to other states and peoples. Diplomacy applies this power by persuasive appeals short of war." In other words, diplomacy is but one tool of statecraft. What makes this book rare is that the author is a career foreign service officer, in a bureau where the preservation of peace at any cost is often paramount. It is unusual at best to hear anyone from the Department of State to discuss the usefulness of the application of force or intelligence to international relations.
Arts of Power falls somewhere between the books of international theory and those social psychology books which are full of common-sense, yet contradictory aphorisms-- and it succeeds where the others fail. With a few exceptions, no decent practical guide to the application of statecraft has been written in centuries. Freeman has corrected this error, and in spades.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "pdomin" on June 3, 2002
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Very interesting, but really a dictionary that assumes alot of foreign policy knowlege. I bought this is the hopes that it would be a great intro to foreign policy book and was dissappointed. Nonetheless, it will make a good reference book.
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This book is a excellent introduction for people into diplomacy and statecraft. In its brief pages, you learn all the definitions, such as the functions of a embassy or a consulate, the way to conduct state relations, the skills for diplomacy, a topic about Intelligence and much more.

Now I understand why sometimes an ambassador is call for consultation!
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Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy lays out a comprehensive theoretical framework explaining the interactions of states through their agents. The format follows a logical flow beginning with the nature of state power and interests and continues to how those powers and interests are expressed through diplomatic relations and concludes with a summary of the essential skills that enable diplomats to effectively serve the interests of their home nations.

This text is an excellent survey of the nature and form of diplomatic negotiations. As such, it serves as a starting point for understanding the distinct qualities of statecraft and diplomacy.
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