Fifty-four short essays on U.S., Greek, and global foreign policy written for students of international relations by former U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling. The author resigned as political counselor at U.S. Embassy Athens in February 2003 toMoreFifty-four short essays on U.S., Greek, and global foreign policy written for students of international relations by former U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling.
The author resigned as political counselor at U.S. Embassy Athens in February 2003 to protest the looming disaster of the Iraq War and the inept, ideological policies of the George W. Bush administration. Written between 2005 and 2009, these essays cover terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation, Greek-Turkish-U.S. regional diplomacy, intelligence gathering, and the foreign policy implications of U.S. domestic politics.In the real world, foreign politicians are vain, paranoid, short-sighted, greedy, and almost entirely immersed in their competition against domestic rivals -- just like their U.S.
counterparts. The naive, self-righteous posturing that helps us succeed in impressing voters or political patrons is utterly worthless in protecting our countrys national interests outside our borders. Pragmatism works. The U.S. government was after World War II a key driving force for international law and international sources of legitimacy such as the United Nations precisely because universal constraints on behavior strengthened the United States and weakened its foes.
Now, with seriously powerful rivals on the horizon and growing stress on natural resources, ideological blinders like those of the U.S. Neocons are no longer merely an expensive folly but now are fatally dangerous.