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By Daniel W. Drezner

After global struggle II, George Kennan grew to become the kingdom Department's first director of coverage making plans. Secretary of country George Marshall's preliminary suggestion to Kennan: particularly, "avoid trivia." be aware of the wooded area, now not the bushes, and do not overpassed the large photo. more straightforward acknowledged than performed. Avoiding Trivia significantly assesses the earlier, destiny, and destiny position and influence of long term strategic making plans in international policy.

Strategic making plans has to be a extra necessary a part of America's international policymaking. hundreds of thousands of troops are engaged in wrestle whereas place of birth defense issues stay. In such an atmosphere, long term coordination of ambitions and assets would appear to be of paramount value. yet heritage tells us that such cohesiveness and coherence are drastically tough to set up, less continue. Can coverage planners—in the Pentagon, the kingdom division, Treasury, NSC, and nationwide Intelligence Council—rise to the problem? certainly, is strategic making plans a achievable suggestion in twenty first century international coverage? those the most important questions advisor this eye-opening book.

The participants contain key figures from the prior few many years of international coverage and planning—individuals accountable for implementing a few type of order and strategic precedence on international coverage in a global that adjustments via the minute. they supply authoritative perception at the problems and value of considering and appearing in a coherent means, for the lengthy term.

Contributors: Andrew P. N. Erdmann, Peter Feaver, Aaron L. Friedberg, David F. Gordon, Richard N. Haass, William Inboden, Bruce W. Jentleson, Steven D. Krasner, Jeffrey W. Legro, Daniel Twining, Thomas Wright, Amy B. Zegart.

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