Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America

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Cato Institute, 2008 - 258 pages
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Foreign policy expert Ted Galen Carpenter confronts the global challenges America faces, outlining a practical strategy that protects America's security while avoiding unnecessary and unrewarding military adventures. He looks at how U.S. forces remain mired in a nation-building mission in Iraq, while disagreements over Iraq policy and other matters have soured Washington's relations with long-time European allies.
 

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Contents

TRYING TO THWART THE DRIVE TO WAR AGAINST IRAQ
9
False Historical Analogies on Iraq
16
ASSESSING THE IRAQ DEBACLE
23
Peter Pan Strategy in Iraq
30
Iraq 2004 Vietnam 1964
36
Iraqi Elections
43
Washingtons Masochistic Policy in Iraq
50
The First Step in Mitigating the Iraq Debacle
56
North Korea Crisis Exposes U S Risks
137
Acid Test for North Korea
143
A Nuisance Not a Threat
149
THE DANGEROUS TAIWAN ISSUE
155
Beijing Smothers Hong Kongand Drives Taiwan Farther Away
163
How China Can Cool Row with Taiwan
170
The Bush Administration Snubs Taiwan
176
A DELICATE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA
183

How Exactly Is Iraq Like South Korea or Germany?
62
AFGHANISTAN
65
Focus on Terror Not Drugs
71
How the U S Should Wage
84
Drug Prohibition Is a Terrorists Best Friend
90
ATTEMPTING TO HEAD OFF WAR AGAINST IRAN
97
U S Snub of Iran Is Wrong Response
104
Evidence Suggests Iran Wouldnt Pull Nuclear Trigger
115
United States Cant Do the Impossible in Middle East
122
Democracy and Demagoguery in the Middle East
130
Americas Troubling New Alliance with Beijing
189
NATO THE BALKANS AND RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA
199
Time to Disagree without Being Disagreeable
205
U S Allies Bring Little to the Table in Iraq and Afghanistan
212
Trumpeting Another Phony Breakthrough
221
Is Mexico the Next Colombia?
224
Mexicos Drug Trade
230
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FOREIGN POLICY AND DOMESTIC LIBERTY
237
A Useless and Intrusive PR Display
246
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