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Ethical Realism -- A Vision for America's Role in the World

Lieven, Anatol & Hulsman, John

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ISBN 10: 0375424458 / ISBN 13: 9780375424458
Published by Pantheon, New York, 2006
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This should be an important book, because it offers a sound and pragmaticv way forward. Lieven (a Brit) is a senior research fellow at the New American Foundation, and Hulsman is a former senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relaltions. The starting premise is that the U.S. today, for all its power, is seriously overstretched and must find a way to deal with problems based on strategic and vital interests, newly defined in the wake of the end of the Cold War and the fiasco in Iraq. This should be an important and influential book, and if the ideologues stop long enough to listen, perhaps it will be. An AS NEW copy, UNREAD, and Inscribed by Lieven, "With best regards (no name), Anatol Lieven. Bookseller Inventory # 061206

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Title: Ethical Realism -- A Vision for America's ...

Publisher: Pantheon, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

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America today faces a world more complicated than ever before, but both political parties have failed to envision a foreign policy that addresses our greatest threats. As a result, the United States risks lurching from crisis to crisis. In Ethical Realism, Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman, two distinguished policy experts from different political camps, have joined forces to write an impassioned manifesto that illuminates a new way forward.

Rather than blindly asserting a mixture of American power and the transformative effects of democracy, Lieven and Hulsman call for a foreign policy that recognizes America’s real strengths and weaknesses, and those of other nations. They explain how the United States can successfully combine genuine morality with tough and practical common sense.

To achieve these goals, Lieven and Hulsman emphasize the core principles of the American tradition of ethical realism, as set out by Reinhold Niebuhr, Hans Morgenthau, and George Kennan: prudence, patriotism, responsibility, humility, and a deep understanding of other nations. They show how this spirit informed the strategies of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower in the early years of the Cold War and how these presidents were able to contain Soviet expansionism while rejecting the pressure for disastrous preventive wars a threat that has returned since 9/11.

Drawing on this philosophy and these historical lessons, Lieven and Hulsman provide a set of concrete proposals for tackling the problems we face today, including the terrorist threat, Iran, Russia, the Middle East, and China. Their arguments are intended to establish American global power on a more limited but much firmer basis, with greater international support. Both morally stirring and deeply practical, this book shows us how to strengthen our national security, pursue our national interests, and restore American leadership in the world.

About the Author:

Anatol Lieven is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and is the author of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism. He writes regularly for the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune, among other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.

John Hulsman is a former senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a contributing editor to The National Interest. He advises congressional leaders from both parties on foreign policy issues and makes regular appearances on ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC. He lives in Culpeper, Virginia.

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