America's Middle East envoy under the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Dennis Ross wonders at how the international sympathy and support the United States garnered after 9/11 was so quickly squandered. In this searing analysis of foreign policy under George W. Bush, Ross shows how that administration's inability to use the diplomatic, economic, and military tools of statecraft to advance our interests resulted in failures in Iraq and the Middle East that have undercut the United States. Ross also makes it clear that only the proper use of statecraft can check the rise of China and the danger of a nuclear Iran.
"Statecraft is full of insights about how the world works and why U.S. foreign policy doesn't. Dennis Ross provides a refreshing prescription for renewing U.S. leadership. A brilliant book at just the right time."—Madeleine Albright
"Ross ... makes the seemingly dreary, opaque processes of international diplomacy as coherent, absorbing and occasionally dramatic as a procedural thriller.... The book's middle section is a lengthy tutorial on the nuts and bolts of epic negotiating, Ross's forte, complete with tips on how and when to stage angry outbursts at the conference table."—Publishers Weekly