Reader reviews for America and the World : Conversations on the Future of Am...

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both men are informed and interesting to listen to. Topic is Obama and the middle east and iraq and how the future could be solved. 1-09
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Well-paced (and moderated by D. Ignatius) dialogues between Brzezinski and Scowcroft contain a fascinating collection of foreign policy and international relations insights. Both authors possess a truly encyclopedic understanding of historical, cultural and geopolitical complexities facing this country as well as Europe and Asia in the coming decades. Highly recommended.
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Foreign Policy Roundtable DiscussionSo far, one of the better books I've read for 2009 in terms of international relations and US foreign policy. The book design is an interesting format in that it is basically a transcript of a roundtable discussion between US foreign policy heavyweights in Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, moderated by David Ignatius.From an IR perspective, both would most probably fall under realists, as both start from national interest and work outwards. Interestingly enough, they discuss their ideological influences and both deny that they are either a realist or an idealist.As for the topics discussed, they are wide ranging. From the middle east, to China, to Russia, to Europe. If there was one part I felt that they left out, it was Latin America, where Mexico is barely touched with the rest all but ignored. This is a big omission considering how important Latin America was as a part of the overall US foreign policy strategy for the last 100 years. Think Cuba or Venezuela.Though they claim at the end that the discussions were mostly bipartisan, I certainly felt reading throughout the book, Zbig stayed along Democratic lines while Scowcroft remained primarily Republican. Also, throughout the book I kept making notes where either Zbig or Scowcroft omitted details, but I don't fault either of them for that, in an impromptu oral discussion, things tend to get missed.Overall, I thought this was a very important book to read, especially with a new President in the White House in 2009. Though certainly not a complete discussion on US foreign policy, this is a good start for the new year.
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