Faces of Power: Constancy and Change in United States Foreign Policy from Truman to Obama by Seyom BrownFaces of Power: Constancy and Change in United States Foreign Policy from Truman to Obama by Seyom Brown

Faces of Power: Constancy and Change in United States Foreign Policy from Truman to Obama

bySeyom Brown

Paperback | February 17, 2015

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Seyom Brown's authoritative account of U.S. foreign policy from the end of the Second World War to the present challenges common assumptions about American presidents and their struggle with power and purpose. Brown shows Truman to be more anguished than he publicly revealed about the use of the atomic bomb; Eisenhower and George W. Bush to be more immersed in the details of policy formulation and implementation than generally believed; Reagan to be more invested in changing his worldview while in office than any previous president; and Obama to have modeled his military exit from Iraq and Afghanistan more closely to Nixon and Kissinger's exit strategy from Vietnam than he would like to admit. Brown's analyses of Obama's policies for countering terrorist threats at home and abroad, dealing with unprecedented upheavals in the Middle East, preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and containing new territorial expansion by China and Russia reinforce the book's "constancy and change" theme, which shows that serving the interests of the most powerful country in the world transforms the Oval Office's occupant more than its occupant can transform the world.

Praise for previous editions:

"Systematic and informative... [Brown] has a gift for clear analysis that makes his book a useful contribution to the Cold War literature."-The Journal of American History

"Comprehensive and clear... thorough without ever becoming dull, providing detailed analysis of decisions while never neglecting the environment within which they are made."-International Affairs

"An excellent reference for those interested in United States foreign policy.... Well-written and well-researched, it is appropriate for use in both undergraduate and graduate courses."-International Journal

"An analysis with difference-an important difference. Seyom Brown discusses United States policy from the perspective of how decision makers in the United States viewed their adversaries and the alternatives as those decision makers saw them.... Well worth the effort of a careful reading."-American Political Science Review

Seyom Brown has been a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University's Belfer Center, the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, and the American Security Project and has served in the Department of State and the Department of Defe...
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Title:Faces of Power: Constancy and Change in United States Foreign Policy from Truman to ObamaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:864 pagesPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231133294

ISBN - 13:9780231133296

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Constancy and Change Since WWIIPart I. The Truman Administration1. The Shattering of Expectations2. Implementing ContainmentPart II. The Eisenhower Era3. A New Look for Less Expensive Power4. Waging Peace: The Eisenhower Face5. Crises and ComplicationsPart III. The Kennedy-Johnson Years6. Enhancing the Arsenal of Power7. The Third World as a Primary Arena of Competition8. Kennedy's Cuban Crises9. Berlin Again10. The Vietnam QuagmirePart IV. Statecraft Under Nixon and Ford11. Avoiding Humiliation in Indochina12. The Insufficiency of Military Containment13. The Middle East and the Reassertion of American Competence Abroad14. The Anachronism of Conservative RealpolitikPart V. The Carter Period15. The Many Faces of Jimmy Carter16. The Fusion of Realism and Idealism17. The Camp David Accords: Carter's Finest Hour18. Iran and Afghanistan: Carter's Struggles to Salvage ContainmentPart VI. The Reagan Era-Realism or Romanticism?19. High Purpose and Grand Strategy20. The Tension Between Foreign and Domestic Imperatives21. Middle East Complexities, 1981-1989: The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Terrorism, and Arms for Hostages22. Contradictions in Latin America23. The Reagan-Gorbachev SymbiosisPart VII. Prudential Statecraft with George Herbert Walker Bush24. Presiding Over the End of the Cold War25. The Resort to Military Power26. The New World OrderPart VIII. Clinton's Globalism27. From Domestic Politician to Geopolitician28. Opportunities and Frustrations in the Middle East29. Leaving Somalia and Leaving Rwanda Alone30. Getting Tough with Saddam and Osama31. Into Haiti and the Balkans: The Responsibility to ProtectPart IX. The Freedom Agenda of George W. Bush32. Neoconservatives Seize the Day33. 9/11, the War on Terror, and a New Strategic Doctrine34. From Containment to Forcible Regime Change: Afghanistan and Iraq35. National Security and Civil LibertiesPart X. Obama's Universalism Versus a Still-Fragmented World36. Engaging the World37. Ending Two Wars38. Counterterrorism and Human Rights39. Ambivalence in Dealing with Upheavals in the Arab WorldEpilogueNotesIndex

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