Books

Foreign policy analyses written by CFR fellows and published by trade presses, academic presses, or the Council on Foreign Relations Press.

The Forgotten Man

Author: Amity Shlaes

A striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression, tracing the mounting agony of the New Dealers and the moving stories of individual citizens who, through their brave perseverance, helped establish the steadfast character we recognize as American today.

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Hidden Iran

Author: Ray Takeyh

A groundbreaking book that reveals how the underappreciated domestic political rivalries within Iran serve to explain the country's behavior on the world stage. A leading expert explains why we fail to understand Iran and offers a new strategy for redefining this crucial relationship.

See more in Diplomacy and Statecraft; Iraq; Weapons of Mass Destruction; Iran

Continuing the Inquiry

Author: Peter Grose

Direct heir to the academic think tank called "The Inquiry" that prepared Woodrow Wilson for the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the Council on Foreign Relations has filled a unique and sometimes controversial place in America's history.

See more in History and Theory of International Relations

Friendly Fire

Author: Julia E. Sweig

America quietly sowed the seeds of its own decline in the eyes of the world in its own backyard. In Latin America, under the guise of anti-communism, we sponsored dictatorships, turned a blind eye to killing squads, and tolerated the subversion of democracy. Almost nobody knew, so it didn't matter, right?

See more in Americas; Diplomacy and Statecraft; History and Theory of International Relations

America Unbound

Authors: James M. Lindsay and Ivo H. Daalder

America Unbound argues that President Bush has redefined how America engages the world, shedding the constraints that friends, allies, and international institutions have traditionally imposed on its freedom, insisting that an America unbound is a more secure America.

See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State

Losing Iraq

Author: David L. Phillips

A disenchanted government insider’s take on the planning that did go on for postwar Iraq that the Bush administration willfully ignored.

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Protecting Democracy

Protecting Democracy examines how democratic states may be able to protect themselves and secure more effective international action against threats such as coups d'etat and the erosion of democratic freedoms and institutions.

See more in Democratization

Globalization: What’s New?

Edited by former Council Senior Fellow and former Maurice R. Greenberg Geoeconomics Center Director Michael Weinstein, and with original contributions from ten eminent economists, Globalization: What's New? cuts through the confusion and rhetoric surrounding globalization to offer straightforward, incisive analyses of the subject and its future.

See more in Global; Globalization

Understanding the War on Terror (Foreign Affairs Books)

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States awoke to find itself at war. If that much was clear, many other things were not—including the identity and nature of the enemy, the location of the battleground, and the strategy and tactics necessary for victory.

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Unsilencing the Past

Author: David L. Phillips

The Turkish-Armenian Conflict has lasted for nearly a century and still continues in attenuated forms to poison the relationship between Turks and Armenians. Contact was taboo before the author brought the two sides together to explore ways of overcoming their historical enmity.

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The Democracy Advantage

Authors: Morton H. Halperin, Michael M. Weinstein, and Joe Siegle

For decades, policies pursued by the United States and other industrialized nations toward the developing world have been based on a secret kept among policy experts: democracy and development don't mix. Turning this long-held view on its head, The Democracy Advantage makes a bold case that they do.

See more in Global; Economic Development; Democratization