The Foreign Policy Process: A Modern Primer

The Foreign Policy Process: A Modern Primer

The Foreign Policy Process: A Modern Primer

The Foreign Policy Process: A Modern Primer

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This is a primer about the making of foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy in particular.

It is written for busy students (which does not necessarily mean only people formally enrolled in educational instructions).

It is a primer because busy students cannot spend the time and energy to become experts. It is also a primer because most books on public policy are (a) too long, (b) too wordy, (c) too detailed, (d) too full of jargon.

Its goal is to make the foreign policy process interesting, intelligible, and simple to understand. But it would be misleading to pretend that the subject is simple. On the contrary, making foreign policy is a complex and sophisticated topic. I want to sort out, and briefly explain, that complexity. My goal is to try to do so, as the great mathematician Albert Einstein urged, in a way that is "as simple as possible but not one bit simpler." We will concentrate on the heart of the process, meaning the President, Congress, White House Staff, State Department, interdependence, and diplomacy, and not get into the details of military, intelligence and other agencies. We will try to stick to . . .

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