Lessons from the Past, Guidelines for the Future

  • Walter C. ClemensJr.


Let us assume that Americans wish to avoid chaos and conflict on the world stage and instead to foster scenarios conducive to peace, prosperity, and freedom. What can they learn from the past? Let us apply the theoretical perspectives advanced in the first pages of this book to America’s record of achievement and failure. This blend of theory and experience may suggest ways to promote positive over destructive tendencies.


Foreign Policy Global Governance Spot Market Complex Interdependence World Affair 
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    See Ernst B. Haas, When Knowledge Is Power: Three Models of Change in International Organizations (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), pp. 72Google Scholar
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    Michael Mandelbaum, “Foreign Policy as Social Work,” Foreign Affairs. 75, 1 (January/February 1996), pp. 16–32.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Hermann Fr. Eilts recalled in spring 2000 that Israel wanted seven, five, or at least three posts manned by Americans, but finally settled for one, which proved quite adequate. Most of the personnel were U.S. Foreign Service Officers. Texas Instruments provided housekeeping. Some of the negotiating history may be found in Henry Kissinger, Years of Renewal (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999), pp. 448–449.Google Scholar

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