Grossman on a “New Diplomacy”

What does the “new” diplomacy look like? Maybe a little bit like the old one–but better. Marc Grossman lays out some of his useful insights in a Foreign Service Journal article, reprinted by the Belfer Center at Harvard:

It is not a coincidence that the search for foreign policy paradigms after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has led some observers back to the work of Reinhold Niebuhr. As Andrew Bacevich maintains in his introduction to a 2008 reissue of Niebuhr’s The Irony of American History, Niebuhr’s admonitions are hard for us to hear, especially warnings about “the persistent sin of American exceptionalism; the indecipherability of history; the false allure of simple solutions; and, finally, the imperative of appreciating the limits of power.”

A Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Back to the Future? – Harvard – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.


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