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Exercise of power : American failures, successes, and a new path forward in the post-Cold War world  Cover Image Book Book

Exercise of power : American failures, successes, and a new path forward in the post-Cold War world / Robert M. Gates.


"Since the end of the Cold War, the global perception of the United States has progressively morphed from dominant international leader to disorganized entity, seemingly unwilling to accept the mantle of leadership or unable to govern itself effectively. Robert Gates argues that this transformation is the result of the failure of political leaders to understand the complexity of American power, its expansiveness, and its limitations. He makes clear that the successful exercise of power is not limited to the use of military might or the ability to coerce or demand submission, but must encompass as well diplomacy, economics, strategic communications, development assistance, intelligence, technology, ideology, and cyber. By analyzing specific challenges faced by the American government in the post-Cold War period--Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Russia, China and others--Gates deconstructs the ways in which leaders have used the instruments of power available to them. With forthright judgments of the performance of past presidents and their senior-most advisors, first-hand knowledge, and insider stories, Gates argues that U.S. national security in the future will require learning, and abiding by, the lessons of the past, and re-creating those capabilities that the misuse of power has cost the nation."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781524731885
  • ISBN: 1524731889
  • Physical Description: viii, 453 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The symphony of power -- Exercising power -- Iran: great Satan's Bane -- Somalis, Haiti and the Yugoslav Wars: good intentions and the road to hell -- Colombia: the plan that worked (mostly) -- Afghanistan: war without end -- Iraq: a curse -- Africa: a success story -- Russia: Opportunity missed? -- Georgia, Libya, Syria and Ukraine: to intervene or not intervene -- North Korea: Crazy like a fox -- China: competition, conflict or something new -- Lessons learned.
Subject: United States > Foreign relations > 1989-
United States > Politics and government > 1989-
United States > Military relations.

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