Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide by Michael B. Oren

By Michael B. Oren

Manhattan instances bestselling writer Michael B. Oren’s memoir of his time as Israel’s ambassador to the United States—a interval of transformative swap for the USA and a time of violent upheaval through the heart East—provides a frank, interesting glance contained in the targeted courting among the United States and its closest best friend within the region.

Michael Oren served because the Israeli ambassador to the us from 2009 to 2013. An American via delivery and a historian through education, Oren arrived at his diplomatic publish simply as Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton assumed place of work. in the course of Oren’s tenure in place of work, Israel and the US grappled with the Palestinian peace method, the Arab Spring, and existential threats to Israel posed by way of overseas terrorism and the Iranian nuclear application. solid within the Truman management, America’s alliance with Israel was once subjected to huge, immense traces, and its destiny was once wondered by way of commentators in either international locations. On multiple celebration, the friendship’s very cloth appeared as regards to unraveling.

Ally is the tale of that enduring alliance—and of its divides—written from the point of view of a guy who treasures his American identification whereas proudly serving the Jewish country he has come to name domestic. not anyone might have been larger suited for advance bridges among the us and Israel than Michael Oren—a guy both at domestic leaping out of a airplane as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing center East historical past on TV’s Sunday morning political indicates. within the pages of this fast moving booklet, Oren interweaves the tale of his own trip with behind-the-scenes debts of fateful conferences among President Obama and major Minister Netanyahu, high-stakes summits with the Palestinian chief Mahmoud Abbas, and diplomatic crises that intensified the debate surrounding the world’s so much contested strip of land.

A quintessentially American tale of a tender guy who refused to relinquish a dream—irrespective of the obstacles—and an inherently Israeli tale approximately assuming arduous duties, best friend is instantaneously a list, a chronicle, and a confession. And it's a tale approximately love—about an individual lucky adequate to like international locations and to symbolize one to the opposite. yet, notably, this memoir is a testomony to an alliance that was once and may stay very important for american citizens, Israelis, and the world.

Praise for Ally

“Michael Oren goes to be the controversy of Washington and Jerusalem. . . . I’m unsure that during the annals of diplomatic background there’s ever been whatever really like this impressive account of Oren’s 4 years as Israel’s ambassador in Washington. It’s an final insider’s tale instructed whereas the entire gamers keep Oren are nonetheless in place.”—New York put up

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The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in by Richard T. Arndt

By Richard T. Arndt

Over the last 5 many years, U.S. cultural international relations courses have withered due to politics and injuries of historical past that experience subordinated cultural international relations to public kinfolk campaigning, now known as “public diplomacy.” With anti-Americanism at the upward push around the globe, cultural international relations should still develop into a right away precedence, yet politicians proceed to disregard this particularly low-cost, age-old device for selling realizing between international locations. Richard Arndt probes the historical past of yankee cultural international relations to illustrate its precious earlier contributions and to make a plea for reviving it for the longer term. Cultural family happen obviously among humans in numerous international locations due to alternate, tourism, pupil exchanges, leisure, communications, migration, intermarriage—millions of cross-cultural encounters. yet cultural international relations in basic terms occurs while a central authority makes a decision to channel and to aid cultural trade via deliberate courses to advertise huge nationwide pursuits. the 1st lodge of Kings examines the 1st 8 a long time of formal U.S. cultural international relations, from its tentative beginnings in international struggle I during the Nineties. Arndt additionally compares America’s efforts with these of alternative international locations and enriches his narrative via detailing the pro reports of the lads and ladies who've represented American democracy, schooling, mind, artwork, and literature to the remainder of the area. His paintings exhibits that this discussion of yank tradition and schooling with the remainder of the realm is neither a frill nor a household political challenge yet is the inner most cornerstone of a good, forward-looking U.S. international coverage. Arndt argues that, quite within the wake of the Iraq battle, the United States needs to revive its cultural international relations courses as a long term funding in foreign goodwill and figuring out.

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By Bruce Cronin and Ian Hurd

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By Mirela Bogdani

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Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How by Leonardo Baccini

By Leonardo Baccini

Why do leaders of nations favor to join up to foreign associations that constrain their freedom to enact family coverage? during this ebook, Leonardo Baccini and Johannes Urpelainen deal with this enduring query of diplomacy through liberal fiscal reforms.

During the earlier 20 years, governments around the constructing global have carried out many liberal financial reforms that lessen direct nation intervention in numerous industries, for instance in regards to highbrow estate rights and privatization. whereas failure to enforce them may have disastrous financial and political effects, liberal monetary reforms have additionally provoked extreme political controversy locally. Baccini and Urpelainen argue that overseas associations support to chop this Gordian knot by means of permitting leaders to credibly decide to liberal regulations whereas additionally developing household political aid for reform. The booklet takes a comparative examine constructing nations that experience engaged in treaties with the us and eu Union to strengthen an entire idea of whilst and the way leaders input into overseas associations to impression monetary reform.

Cutting the Gordian Knot of financial Reform is the 1st paintings to supply a conception at the layout of foreign associations, the situations that reason leaders to shape foreign associations, and the consequences of foreign associations on financial reform.

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The External Dimension of EU Justice and Home Affairs: by Thierry Balzacq (Editor)

By Thierry Balzacq (Editor)

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The Nuclear Tipping Point: Why States Reconsider Their by Kurt M. Campbell, Robert J. Einhorn, Mitchell B. Reiss,

By Kurt M. Campbell, Robert J. Einhorn, Mitchell B. Reiss, Vartan Gregorian

Greater than part a century after the arrival of the nuclear age, is the realm drawing close a tipping element that might unharness a scourge of nuclear proliferation? this day the various construction blocks of a nuclear arsenal—scientific and engineering services, precision computer instruments, software program, layout information—are extra on hand than ever ahead of. The nuclear pretensions of so-called rogue states and terrorist firms are a lot mentioned. yet how enterprise is the unravel of these international locations that traditionally have selected to forswear nuclear guns? a mix of adjustments within the overseas setting may well trigger a domino influence, with nations scrambling to improve nuclear guns in order to not be left behind—or to enhance nuclear "hedge" capacities that will let them construct nuclear arsenals really quick, if useful. The Nuclear Tipping element examines the criteria, either household and transnational, that form nuclear coverage. The authors, distinctive students and international coverage practitioners with broad govt event, strengthen a framework for realizing why yes nations may possibly initially have determined to give up nuclear weapons—and pinpoint a few newer country-specific components which may provide them reason to think again. Case reviews of 8 long term stalwarts of the nonproliferation regime—Egypt, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, and Taiwan—flesh out this framework and convey how even those nations should be driven over the sting of a nuclear tipping aspect. The authors supply prescriptions that will either hinder such nations from reconsidering their nuclear choice and dodge proliferation via others. The stakes are huge, immense and luck is much from guaranteed. to maintain the tipping aspect past achieve, the authors argue, the foreign neighborhood must act with team spirit, mind's eye, and power, and Washington's management can be crucial. individuals contain Leon Feurth, George Washington college; Ellen Laipson, Stimson middle; Thomas W. Lippman, center East Institute; Jenifer Mackby, middle for Strategic and overseas reports; Derek J. Mitchell, middle for Strategic and overseas stories; Jonathan D. Pollack, U.S. Naval battle university; Walter B. Slocombe, Caplin and Drysdale; and Tsuyoshi Sunohara, heart for Strategic and overseas reviews.

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