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The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War

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Patrick provides a compelling and nuanced account of the evolution of liberal internationalism in the United States. He uncovers how interests, ideas, and America’s liberal identity came together to fashion a multilateral brand of global engagement, shedding important light on where U.S. grand strategy has come from and where it may be headed. (Charles A. Kupchan, Georgetown University; Council on Foreign Relations; author of The End of the American Era)

Stewart Patrick has added an important piece to the continuing puzzle of why the U.S., which enjoyed a dominant strategic position in 1945, chose an overarching strategy of multilateralism. He shows how the values that undergird America’s national identity and changing strategic assumptions among the foreign policy elite helped move the country from isolationism to a genuine and pervasive commitment to institutionalized decision-making. At a time when our strategic assumptions are once again being challenged by the new threats of the 21st century, Best Laid Plans charts our recent past in ways that offer a valuable guide to the future. (Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University)

In this beautifully written account of the genesis of the post-1945 world order, Patrick traces the celebrated efforts of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations to turn victory in World War II into an open and stable international system. . . .The result is an eloquent reminder that a great deal of what the United States did in fighting the Cold War was done in the West, among allies. (Foreign Affairs)

A timely and important book, which shows convincingly how and why the twenty-first century quest for a viable global order is linked inextricably with the ongoing political struggle for the heart and soul of America itself. (John Gerard Ruggie, Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University, and Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Busin)

About the Author

Stewart Patrick is senior fellow and director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the coeditor of Multilateralism an U.S. Foreign Policy: Ambivalent Engagement (2002) and Good Intentions: Pledges of Aid for Post-Conflict Recovery (2000).

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Stewart Patrick is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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