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Description - The Silence of the Rational Center by Stefan Halper

What has happened to American foreign policy? Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke argue that the members of what used to be called the foreign policy establishment are no longer doing the job of keeping our foreign policy informed and rational. Instead, hungry to coin the next Big Idea, they are in the business of advancing simplistic, glib mythologies. The result is that Americans are often presented with a fantasy world of nightmare scenarios rather than with explanations that lead to rational choices. Taking to task such well-known figures as Samuel Huntington, Noam Chomsky, and Jeffrey Sachs, Halper and Clarke argue for a revival of integrity within our foreign policy elite so that America's standing in the world can be restored. A book that pulls no punches, The Silence of the Rational Center is both a penetrating diagnosis and a stirring call to reform in what is possibly the most important area of American political life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465011414
ISBN-10: 0465011411
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Stefan Halper

Stefan Halper is a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and a Senior Fellow of the Centre of International Studies. He served as a White House and State Department in the Ford, Nixon and Reagan administrations. Jonathan Clarke is a research Fellow in foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, and a former career diplomat in the British Diplomatic Service. Together, Halper and Clarke are the authors of America Alone: The Neoconservatives and the Global Order.

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