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How to Make Love to a Despot

Nonfiction: Politics & Current Events
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/12/2020

How to Make Love to a Despot

An Alternative Foreign Policy for the Twenty-First Century

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684578177
Digital Download ISBN:9781684578160


After generations of foreign policy failures, the United States can finally try to make the world safer—not by relying on utopian goals but by working pragmatically with nondemocracies.

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Since the end of the Second World War, the United States has sunk hundreds of billions of dollars into foreign economies in the hope that its investments would help remake the world in its own image—or, at the very least, make the world "safe for democracy." So far, the returns have been disappointing, to say the least. Pushing for fair and free elections in undemocratic countries has added to the casualty count, rather than taken away from it, and trying to eliminate corruption entirely has precluded the elimination of some of the worst forms of corruption. In the Middle East, for example, post-9/11 interventionist campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq have proved to be long, costly, and, worst of all, ineffective.

Witnessing the failure of the utopian vision of a world full of market-oriented democracies, many observers, both on the right and the left, have begun to embrace a dystopian vision in which the United States can do nothing and save no one. Accordingly, calls to halt all assistance in undemocratic countries have grown louder. But, as Stephen D. Krasner explains, this cannot be an option: weak and poorly governed states pose a threat to our stability. In the era of nuclear weapons and biological warfare, ignoring troubled countries puts millions of American lives at risk.

Author Bio

Stephen D. Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University and a prominent scholar with deep policy experience, including a stint as director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State. He lives in Stanford, California.