The Dispensable Nation - American Foreign Policy in Retreat-logo

The Dispensable Nation - American Foreign Policy in Retreat

Vali Nasr

In a brilliant and revealing book destined to drive debate about the future of American power, Vali Nasr questions America's dangerous choice to engage less and matter less in the world. Vali Nasr, author of the groundbreaking The Shia Revival, worked closely with Hillary Clinton at the State Department on Afghan and Pakistani affairs. In The Dispensable Nation, he takes us behind the scenes to show how Secretary Clinton and her ally, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, were thwarted in their efforts to guide an ambitious policy in South Asia and the Middle East. Instead, four years of presidential leadership and billions of dollars of U.S. spending failed to advance democracy and development, producing mainly rage at the United States for its perceived indifference to the fate of the region. After taking office in 2009, the Obama administration had an opportunity to fundamentally reshape American foreign policy, Nasr argues, but its fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism drove it to pursue the same questionable strategies as its predecessor. Meanwhile, the true economic threats to U.S. power, China and Russia, were quietly expanding their influence in places where America has long held sway. Nasr makes a compelling case that behind specific flawed decisions lurked a desire by the White House to pivot away from the complex problems of the Muslim world. Drawing on his unrivaled expertise in Middle East affairs and firsthand experience in diplomacy, Nasr demonstrates why turning our backs is dangerous and, what's more, sells short American power. The United States has secured stability, promoted prosperity, and built democracy in region after region since the end of the Second World War, he reminds us, and The Dispensable Nation offers a striking vision of what it can achieve when it reclaims its bold leadership in the world.

In a brilliant and revealing book destined to drive debate about the future of American power, Vali Nasr questions America's dangerous choice to engage less and matter less in the world. Vali Nasr, author of the groundbreaking The Shia Revival, worked closely with Hillary Clinton at the State Department on Afghan and Pakistani affairs. In The Dispensable Nation, he takes us behind the scenes to show how Secretary Clinton and her ally, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, were thwarted in their efforts to guide an ambitious policy in South Asia and the Middle East. Instead, four years of presidential leadership and billions of dollars of U.S. spending failed to advance democracy and development, producing mainly rage at the United States for its perceived indifference to the fate of the region. After taking office in 2009, the Obama administration had an opportunity to fundamentally reshape American foreign policy, Nasr argues, but its fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism drove it to pursue the same questionable strategies as its predecessor. Meanwhile, the true economic threats to U.S. power, China and Russia, were quietly expanding their influence in places where America has long held sway. Nasr makes a compelling case that behind specific flawed decisions lurked a desire by the White House to pivot away from the complex problems of the Muslim world. Drawing on his unrivaled expertise in Middle East affairs and firsthand experience in diplomacy, Nasr demonstrates why turning our backs is dangerous and, what's more, sells short American power. The United States has secured stability, promoted prosperity, and built democracy in region after region since the end of the Second World War, he reminds us, and The Dispensable Nation offers a striking vision of what it can achieve when it reclaims its bold leadership in the world.
More Information

Description:

In a brilliant and revealing book destined to drive debate about the future of American power, Vali Nasr questions America's dangerous choice to engage less and matter less in the world. Vali Nasr, author of the groundbreaking The Shia Revival, worked closely with Hillary Clinton at the State Department on Afghan and Pakistani affairs. In The Dispensable Nation, he takes us behind the scenes to show how Secretary Clinton and her ally, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, were thwarted in their efforts to guide an ambitious policy in South Asia and the Middle East. Instead, four years of presidential leadership and billions of dollars of U.S. spending failed to advance democracy and development, producing mainly rage at the United States for its perceived indifference to the fate of the region. After taking office in 2009, the Obama administration had an opportunity to fundamentally reshape American foreign policy, Nasr argues, but its fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism drove it to pursue the same questionable strategies as its predecessor. Meanwhile, the true economic threats to U.S. power, China and Russia, were quietly expanding their influence in places where America has long held sway. Nasr makes a compelling case that behind specific flawed decisions lurked a desire by the White House to pivot away from the complex problems of the Muslim world. Drawing on his unrivaled expertise in Middle East affairs and firsthand experience in diplomacy, Nasr demonstrates why turning our backs is dangerous and, what's more, sells short American power. The United States has secured stability, promoted prosperity, and built democracy in region after region since the end of the Second World War, he reminds us, and The Dispensable Nation offers a striking vision of what it can achieve when it reclaims its bold leadership in the world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephen Hoye

Length:

11h 13m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:02


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:15


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:34


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:09


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:49


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:42


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:17


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:07


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:34


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:02


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:37


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:00


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:25


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:16


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:23


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:48


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:30