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The status of the United States as a world power, and the nature of
power itself, are at a historic turning point. It is essential that we
understand and adapt to the new security environment in which we find
Two of the most respected figures in American foreign
policy are Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft -- both former National
Security Advisors under markedly different administrations. In America and the World
they dissect, in spontaneous and unscripted conversations moderated by
David Ignatius, the most significant foreign policy challenges facing
the U.S.: the Middle East, Russia, China, Europe, the Developing World,
the changing nature of power in a globalized world, and what Brzezinski
has called the "global political awakening." While one author is a
Republican and the other a Democrat, they broadly agree on the need to
adapt to a new international environment. Where they disagree, their
exchanges are always both deeply informed and provocative.
America and the World
will define the center of responsible opinion on American foreign
policy at a time when the nation's decisions could determine how long
it remains a superpower.
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Selected Quotes from America and the World
Brzezinski: "The United States can't be a spectator egging others on but refusing to engage in the game. . . We have to be willing to negotiate seriously (with the Iranians), either without conditions or with mutual accommodation."
ON THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT:
Scowcroft: "What we do not have right now are two sides that by themselves are able to come to an agreement. They can't now. They're not strong enough. . . They need a heavier hand by the United States than we have traditionally practiced."
Brzezinski: "They have yet to accommodate themselves into the reality of this post-Soviet space, and they would like to, to the extent possible, to create some new arrangement whereby the central Asians are cut off from the world. . . But I don't think they have the means for doing it over the long run."
ON THE UNITED STATES:
Brzezinski: "We have succumbed to a fearful paranoia that the outside world is conspiring through its massive terrorist forces to destroy us. Is that a real picture of the world, or is it a classic paranoia that's become rampant and has been officially abetted?"
Scowcroft: "I think if we, for example, were to mobilize the United States leadership on behalf of climate change and say, 'This is a problem, we really need to move,' the world would respond. We have that kind of power and moral authority."
Brzezinski: "The United States is not going to be serious about anything unless there is a national commitment by the President, the Congress, and the public. The issues we're talking about do require a significant rethinking. . . More than ever before, the next president will have to be a national teacher on these issues and make a very concerted effort to the American people to think about what is new about the twenty first century."