The Back Channel

The Back Channel

A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal

Book - 2019 | First edition
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Burns recounts some of the seminal moments of his career. He gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. His dispatches from war-torn Chechnya and Qaddafi's bizarre camp in the Libyan desert and his warnings of the "Perfect Storm" that would be unleashed by the Iraq War will reshape our understanding of history--and inform the policy debates of the future. Burns sketches the contours of effective American leadership in a world that resembles neither the zero-sum Cold War contest of his early years as a diplomat nor the "unipolar moment" of American primacy that followed.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525508861
0525508864
Branch Call Number: 327.73 B967b
Characteristics: 501 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Jun 14, 2019

... hide your strengths and bide your time ...

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SEBoiko
Jun 14, 2019

The Iraqi invasion was the original sin. It was born of hubris, as well as failure of imagination and process.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2019

..., it reflected a general pot - 9/11 habit of viewing diplomacy as an afterthought - as the halftime show, not the main event.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2019

The Bremer led Coalition Provisional Authority was a curious amalgam of American hubris: ingenuity, courage, and wishful thinking.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2019

Overreaching is what gets people in trouble.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2019

History was the key to understanding international relations,...

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2019

Short of war, diplomacy is the main instrument we employ to manage foreign relations, reduce external risks, and exploit opportunities to advance our security and prosperity.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2019

... was how to adjust to a world in which American dominance was fading, in part due to structural forces, and in part due to our own grievous missteps.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2019

The disconnect has grown between a disillusioned American public and the conceits of a Washington establishment and often undisciplined in its policy choices and inattentive to the need to explain plainly the practiced value of American leadership in the world.

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Jun 11, 2019

The value of American leadership is no longer a given--at home or abroad.

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