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Statecraft: And How to Restore America's Standing in the World Paperback – June 24, 2008
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For Ross, statecraft consists of reality based analysis which in turn leads policy makers to achievable end and plans to marshal the resources to achieve those ends. Not surprisingly he castigates the Bush administration, not merely for their eschewing of thoughtful analysis - As Stephen Colbert cleverly observed to President Bush "facts have a liberal bias" - but likewise for their failure to assemble the resources required to achieve their stated ends. In a perfect case he points to the Iraq War, arguing that even if the administration had been correct in their every prediction they still failed to bring enough forces to bear to secure the 900 sites they identified as related to weapons of mass destruction and the boarders to prevent from those weapons, had they existed, from slipping into Syria, Iran, or elsewhere. From Iraq to China, Ross offers examples of what he would imagine as the appropriate statecraft approaches to challenges on the world state.Read more ›
Not all will agree with Ross' political discourse in this book. Nevertheless, that should be no reason to either overlook the treasure trove of experiences which he brings to the table, nor neglect the impressive insight he shares on both past and present political dilemmas. There are commonalities he feels apply to all these situations (we are given twelve rules of negotiation, and eleven rules of mediation, for example), but there is great value in working through the individual, unique examples he provides as historical case studies in which statecraft was both successfully and unsuccessfully practiced. There can be little doubt that any person (or administration) wishing to improve its own negotiating and mediating prowess could learn from this series of important discourses.Read more ›
Statecraft is a "must read" for anyone who's serious about American foreign policy. Dennis Ross does a brilliant job delineating a realistic prescription for a strong and effective American foreign policy for the 21st Century that is necessary to deal with our real enemies while reversing the enormous mistakes of the past seven years.
Ross, who was a top aide to Daddy Bush, Jim Baker and Bill Clinton, demonstrates an extraordinary grasp of how America can once again lead the world as we did during the days of FDR, Harry Truman, JFK and Woodrow Wilson. Every 2008 presidential candidate should read and ABSORB this book.
Ross demonstrates an amazing in-depth understanding of all regions of the world--Europe, China, Iran, the Baltics, and of course, Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. The book provides a sophisticated definition of statecraft and how essential that capability will be for the United States to once again emerge as the world's most respected foreign policy leader. Although Ross clearly can handle any foreign policy situation, we are fortunate that he is probably the most knowledgeable and effective person on the planet in regards to the Middle East--BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE MOST OF OUR CURRENT AND FUTURE THREATS EMANATE FROM.
What makes Ross (and Statecraft) so unique is that this guy not only has an amazing understanding of foreign policy issues, but he is also a very effective practitioner.Read more ›
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Excellent reading for those involved with diplomacy or political science. Ross
states solutions that could possibly resolve America's dilemmas and change
our policies... Read more
I've enjoyed this book. Was fortunate to hear Ross speak at Chautauqua Institute this summer. This helped me understand more of what I read in book. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by doglover
Dennis Ross is a foreign policy pro with diplomatic sensitivity and moderate neo-liberal leanings who has written an intelligent, nuanced guide for American policymakers with... Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by Thomas W. Sulcer
What is supposed to be a textbook about "statecraft" and how to do it correctly, as outlined in the author's case studies and rules to follow for negotiation and mediation, is... Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by Aka Vivisector
One of America's foremost practitioners of negotiation and mediation has produced the definitive guide for restoring America's leadership position in the world. Read morePublished on November 22, 2008 by Lee L.
Denis Ross served both in the Bush 41 and the Clinton administrations, and gained general acclaim for his efforts as the Middle East envoy to try and negotiate an all-encompassing... Read morePublished on November 14, 2007 by Paul Allaer
This book reflects a brilliant and analytical mind. I heard the author speak at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and was blown away by Dennis Ross's clear and logical... Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by John W. Cecil
I've seen Dennis Ross speak on the issues he discusses in Statecraft but I've never read a better book on the subject. Read morePublished on August 20, 2007 by L. May