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The Policy Makers: Shaping American Foreign Policy from 1947 to the Present

The Policy Makers: Shaping American Foreign Policy from 1947 to the Present


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This book is about U.S. policy makers who have wielded enormous influence, largely behind the scenes, since the end of World War II. The advent of the Cold War brought new problems of national security for the United States. As a result, U.S. presidents no longer sat down with their secretaries of state to determine the nation's foreign policy. Instead, postwar chief executives reached out to individuals in the intelligence and military organizations and, increasingly, to advisers in the White House. The Policy Makers examines seven such advisers—from public servants in the state department to CIA directors and U.S. senators—and the policies each adviser influenced. By focusing on individuals whose policy making role was often unknown to the public, Anna Kasten Nelson and her contributors shed light on the myriad ways in which the postwar foreign policy of the United States has been shaped, sometimes in ways very damaging to the nation's security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742550414
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anna Kasten Nelson is Distinguished Historian in Residence at American University where she teaches courses related to the history of American foreign relations.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Paul H. Nitze and NSC 68: Militarizing the Cold War
Chapter 2: "The Devil's Advocate": Robert Bowie, Western European Integration, and the German Problem, 1953–1954
Chapter 3: Walt Whitman Rostow: Hawk-Eyed Optimist
Chapter 4: Senator Henry Jackson and the Demise of Détente
Chapter 5: Zbigniew Brzezinski and Afghanistan
Chapter 6: The Wavemaker: Bill Casey in the Reagan Years
Chapter 7: Colin Powell: The Rise and Fall of the Powell Doctrine

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