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Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (Hoover Institution Press publication) 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0817947125
ISBN-10: 0817947124
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Editorial Reviews


"This is a profound and greatly useful exposition on a critical question yet strangely unexamined: how to use civil society to advance strategic objectives abroad, especially when government-to-government relations are incapable of moving adversaries away from conflict. The approach is useful and challenging and original, at once profoundly conservative and yet bound to be deeply appealing without regard to party to the most perceptive of those responsible for American foreign policy."

William F. Buckley Jr.

"Strategic Foreign Assistance deftly highlights the ways in which individuals and civil society can and must be empowered when governments are paralyzed and unable to act and the stakes are too high for inaction. It should be welcomed and studied by all who seek to understand how nongovernmental forces can serve as a leading force for peace, prosperity, and progress in the twenty-first century."

Lee H. Hamilton, director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former vice-chair, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission)

"This book will appeal to all people who are concerned with foreign policy and foreign aid strategies regardless of party. Seeking to strengthen the role of civil society organizations is not a left or right proposition but a thoughtful and practical approach to development and security."

William P. Fuller, former president of the Asia Foundation

"This excellent book offers innovative ideas for engaging and supporting civil society, and enabling it to play a leading role in promoting social and political reform and economic development in the future."

Radwan A. Masmoudi, president, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy, Washington D.C.

"Strategic Foreign Assistance is the most encouraging integration of development strategy and civil society building within a track two diplomacy framework that I have ever seen."

Joseph V. Montville, diplomat in residence, Center for Global Peace, American University

"This thoughtful book suggests a strategy for success in helping civil society organizations address critical problems in regions where the American government is mistrusted."

Joseph S. Nye Jr. is distinguished service professor at Harvard and author of Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics.

About the Author

A. Lawrence Chickering is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Isobel Coleman is a senior fellow in U.S. foreign policy and director of the Women and U.S. Foreign Policy Program of the Council on Foreign Relations. P. Edward Haley is the Wm. M. Keck Professor of International Strategic Studies at Claremont-McKenna College. Emily Vargas-Baron directs the Institute for Reconstruction and International Security through Education.

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More About the Author

Isobel Coleman is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. She also directs the Council's Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Program. Her areas of expertise include democratization, economic development, gender issues, educational reform, and the political economy of the Middle East. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications, including Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East (Random House, 2010), Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President (Brookings Institution Press, 2008) and Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (Hoover Press, 2006). Her writings have also appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and regularly in online venues such as CNN.com and TheAtlantic.com. She is the author of the blog "Democracy in Development," and is a frequent speaker at academic, business, and policy conferences. In 2011, Newsweek named her one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World."

Prior to joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Coleman was CEO of a healthcare services company and a partner with McKinsey & Co. in New York. A Marshall Scholar, she holds a DPhil and MPhil in international relations from Oxford University and a BA in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University. She serves on several non-profit boards, including Plan USA and Student Sponsor Partners, and lives in the New York area with her husband and children. You can follow her on Twitter @Isobel_Coleman.

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