Questions of when, where, and how the United States should use military force abroad dominated foreign policy discussions during the Cold War and promise to do the same in its aftermath. Richard N. Haass traces the evolution of this critical debate, taking into account the impact of new technologies, new states, new weapons, and new thinking about new sovereignty and intervention. He assesses where the United States should be prepared to use force in the future, what it might entail, and what would constitute a proper division of labor between the United States, regional organizations, and the United Nations.
Richard N. Haass is vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. A former special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director on the National Security Council staff who received the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to policymaking during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Haass is the author or editor of eight books on American foreign policy, including The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States after the Cold War (Council on Foreign Relations, 1997).
Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster than in wealthier countries. The Independent Task Force outlines a plan for collective action on this growing epidemic.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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Now Available: Foreign Policy Begins at Home
The biggest threat to America's security and prosperity comes not from abroad but from within, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass in his provocative new book. More