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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Ronan Farrow (Autor)

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The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex. "A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership. US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America's place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America's deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth--Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them--acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers--including every living secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson--[this book] makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice--but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war."--Dust jacket.… (més)
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Títol:War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Autors:Ronan Farrow (Autor)
Informació:W. W. Norton & Company (2018), Edition: 1st, 432 pages
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I never really read books about the government, wars or world politics as it tends to make depressed, small and insignificant. Fortunately, this book did not have that affect but not for lack of trying.

The militarisation of US diplomatic strategy (Basically, having military leaders in decision making positions instead of actual diplomats) has led to numerous avoidable wars (proxy or otherwise) which have left the countries involved worse off.

This is the underlying message throughout the book and is echoed in each analysis of major world events.
I don't really know enough about world politics to comment on the authenticity of what I read (It certainly seemed well researched), but I can say that the book is very engaging, well written and has a colourful cast of characters.

I definitely felt like learned a lot from this book (I did not know what a proxy war was) and probably should have taken notes to better remember all the various world events.

Solid read for the uninitiated. ( )
  arashout | Dec 13, 2020 |
Farrow's thesis here is that U.S. foreign policy is leaning heavily toward military decision makers and, as a consequence, away from diplomats. While he offers quite a few examples of how U.S. foreign policy has failed to address the biggest, thorniest issues of the past decade (Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, North Korea), I'm not sure he makes the case that those failures are because of a tilt toward military decision making rather than, for example, overinvolvement of domestic political actors or a desire for 'easy' wins over longterm planning. After all, diplomats could potentially be just as susceptible to those flaws as military leaders. That said, there's a lot of food for thought in this book, and I suspect I'll be thinking about it for quite awhile. ( )
  Jthierer | Nov 26, 2019 |
You need to be interested in politics in the USA, if you are, this book is essential reading to explain how the military complex has overtaken our diplomacy. The worst is that the military knows how to start war, but has no clue as to how to end them. That is were diplomacy comes in at its most essential. This book explains it all. ( )
  John_Danenbarger | Sep 2, 2019 |
Wow, if I wasn't depressed enough about the status and standing of the United States in the world, Farrow threw buckets of cold water on any of my expectations for American exceptionalism. Farrow did a tour around the world and showed how ineffective our diplomatic efforts have been in Afghanistan, North Korea, Columbia and Somalia. Farrow's interview with an obviously overmatched Rex Tillerson is worth the price of the book alone.

His description of Richard Holbrook's efforts to use statecraft and diplomacy to seek peace and resolution in Afghanistan is compelling reading. (Pretty obvious we can't trust anyone in that part of the world, especially Pakistan. This country looked the other way as dictators tortured and killed innocent civilians , including children.

Excellent journalism. A great book... ( )
  writemoves | Jun 17, 2019 |
The State Department has gone through a lot since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Donald Trump merely continues a legacy of shoot first and ask questions later that seemed to have begun with William Jefferson Clinton’s Presidency. This much is illuminated quite clearly in the book War On Peace by Ronan Farrow. As Trump carries out his plan to “Make America Great Again,” eviscerating the State Department just becomes second nature. Rather, most of his advisers are former or current Generals and Admirals. Members of the military might have the guts to do stuff, but sometimes it takes a soft touch to deal with other countries.

Now, to be honest, I really had no idea of what the State Department did. I knew that it was an old establishment dating back to the days of George Washington, but its activities were always a bit nebulous to me. Alternatively, you have the Defense Department, and with that, you know what that means.

Farrow explores the idea of the United States degenerating as a force for good in the world and its replacement by China. While it isn’t a foregone conclusion, it is true that unless something is done to reverse this, no one is going to want to be a diplomat in the United States. With Trump’s Tantrums running rampant, one can only hope that The Simpsons doesn’t continue to be correct. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex. "A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership. US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America's place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America's deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth--Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them--acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers--including every living secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson--[this book] makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice--but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war."--Dust jacket.

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