Practical Lessons from US Foreign Policy

The Itinerant Years

  • James E. Goodby
  • Kenneth Weisbrode

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James E. Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrode
      Pages 3-23
    3. James E. Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrode
      Pages 25-62
    4. James E. Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrode
      Pages 63-105
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. James E. Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrode
      Pages 109-154
    3. James E. Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrode
      Pages 155-200
    4. James E. Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrode
      Pages 201-205
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 207-231

About this book


In foreign policy, the Trump administration has appeared to depart from long-standing norms of international behavior that have underwritten American primacy for decades in a more interdependent and prosperous world. In this book, a diplomat and a historian revisit that perception by examining and reproducing several of their own essays during the past twenty years. The essays reveal that Trump's style exaggerates tendencies towards unilateralism already present in the actions, if not the policies, of previous presidents, and in their neglect of three imperatives: collective security, regional integration, and diplomatic imagination. It is not too late, however, to remedy the problem by learning the lessons of the recent past.

James E. Goodby is Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, USA. He is a retired diplomat who was involved in the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and in the negotiation of the limited nuclear test ban treaty, START, the Conference on Disarmament in Europe, and cooperative threat reduction (the Nunn-Lugar program).

Kenneth Weisbrode is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Bilkent University, Turkey. He is a former defense analyst who has worked at the Atlantic Council of the United States, the European University Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the United States Institute of Peace. 


US foreign policy diplomacy nuclear weapons regional security collective security globalization regionalism liberal international order post-Cold War Trump American primacy unilateralism regional integration diplomatic imagination

Authors and affiliations

  • James E. Goodby
    • 1
  • Kenneth Weisbrode
    • 2
  1. 1.The Hoover InstitutionStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Bilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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