A sober and wide-ranging analytical essay placing American foreign policy and the evolution of the international system in a broad historical context. Cyr, who is president of the World Trade Center and former Vice President of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, explores the intellectual, structural, and sociological dimensions of U.S. policy, usefully characterizing the challenge for America after the Cold War as one of "leadership in a non-crisis environment." He places particular emphasis, somewhat idiosyncratically, on the special role that Great Britain and South Korea should play in U.S. policies. Although the work lacks any startling new perspectives, the author does give thoughtful consideration to the ways in which the United States should use "traditional diplomacy, economic persuasion, military means and political example to lead in ordering a more stable world."
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