By Daniel W. Drezner
After international battle II, George Kennan turned the nation Department's first director of coverage making plans. Secretary of country George Marshall's preliminary recommendation to Kennan: peculiarly, "avoid trivia." pay attention to the wooded area, now not the bushes, and do not overpassed the large photograph. more uncomplicated acknowledged than performed. Avoiding Trivia significantly assesses the earlier, destiny, and destiny position and influence of long term strategic making plans in overseas policy.
Strategic making plans should be a extra critical a part of America's overseas policymaking. millions of troops are engaged in strive against whereas place of birth safety issues stay. In such an atmosphere, long term coordination of pursuits and assets would appear to be of paramount value. yet historical past tells us that such cohesiveness and coherence are vastly tricky to set up, less retain. Can coverage plannersin the Pentagon, the nation division, Treasury, NSC, and nationwide Intelligence Councilrise to the problem? certainly, is strategic making plans a achievable thought in twenty first century overseas coverage? those an important questions consultant this eye-opening book.
The members comprise key figures from the earlier few a long time of overseas coverage and planningindividuals accountable for implementing a few kind of order and strategic precedence on international coverage in an international that adjustments through the minute. they supply authoritative perception at the problems and significance of considering and performing in a coherent method, for the lengthy term.
Contributors: Andrew P. N. Erdmann, Peter Feaver, Aaron L. Friedberg, David F. Gordon, Richard N. Haass, William Inboden, Bruce W. Jentleson, Steven D. Krasner, Jeffrey W. Legro, Daniel Twining, Thomas Wright, Amy B. Zegart.
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