From Vietnam in the 1960s to the current war in Afghanistan, James Dobbins was on the frontline of American diplomacy, working to advance U.S. national interests in some of the world’s most difficult and troubled situations. Dobbins takes the reader behind the scenes at the Vietnam peace talks, the darkest days of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. military interventions in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo, and Somalia. He provides a thoughtful insider’s account of all these ventures, analyzes sources of both success and failure, and provides incisive portraits of many of the chief actors.
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[President Trump's counterparts fear that Americans] do not feel they need to lead the world anymore... The United States is still the dominant power out there – the Atlantic alliance is still alive. But [Trump's] foreign policy weakened some of the elements.