Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era

Princeton University Press
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This book examines the foreign policy decisions of the presidents who presided over the most critical phases of America's rise to world primacy in the twentieth century, and assesses the effectiveness and ethics of their choices. Joseph Nye, who was ranked as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Top Global Thinkers, reveals how some presidents tried with varying success to forge a new international order while others sought to manage America’s existing position. The book shows how transformational presidents like Wilson and Reagan changed how America sees the world, but argues that transactional presidents like Eisenhower and the elder Bush were sometimes more effective and ethical. It also draws important lessons for today’s uncertain world, in which presidential decision making is more critical than ever.
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Joseph S. Nye, Jr., is University Distinguished Service Professor and former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His books include Soft Power, The Powers to Lead, and The Future of Power. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
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Princeton University Press
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May 21, 2013
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Political Science / American Government / Executive Branch
Political Science / History & Theory
Political Science / Imperialism
Political Science / International Relations / Diplomacy
Political Science / International Relations / General
Political Science / Political Process / Leadership
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What qualities make a leader succeed in business or politics? In an era when the information revolution has dramatically changed the playing field, when old organizational hierarchies have given way to fluid networks of contacts, and when mistrust of leaders is on the rise, our ideas about leadership are clearly due for redefinition. With The Powers to Lead, Joseph S. Nye offers a sweeping look at the nature of leadership in today's world, in an illuminating blend of history, business case studies, psychological research, and more. As he observes, many now believe that the more authoritarian and coercive forms of leadership--the hard power approaches of earlier military-industrial eras--have been largely supplanted in postindustrial societies by soft power approaches that seek to attract, inspire, and persuade rather than dictate. Nye argues, however, that the most effective leaders are actually those who combine hard and soft power skills in proportions that vary with different situations. He calls this smart power. Drawing examples from the careers of leaders as disparate as Gandhi, Churchill, Lee Iacocca, and George W. Bush, Nye uses the concept of smart power to shed light on such topics as leadership types and skills, the needs and demands of followers, and the nature of good and bad leadership in terms of both ethics and effectiveness. In one particularly instructive chapter, he looks in depth at contextual intelligence--the ability to understand changing environments, capitalize on trends, and use the flow of events to implement strategies. Thoroughly grounded in the real world, rich in both analysis and anecdote, The Powers to Lead is sure to become a modern classic, a concise and lucid work applicable to every field, from small businesses and nonprofit organizations to nations on the world stage. This paperback edition includes a new preface by the author.
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"هذا الكتاب إسهام مفهومي مهم وقاطع الحدة في فهم أعمق للسياسة العالمية وفي سياسة خارجية أكثر حكمة، يقدمه واحد من ابرز الباحثين في السياسة الدولية".
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"عندما صاغ جوزيف ناي عبارة " القوة الناعمة " قبل عقد من الزمن، فإنها غيرت طريقتنا في تحليل القضايا العالمية. وفي هذا الكتاب المهم الجديد، يشرح سبب الأهمية القصوى لهذا المفهوم من التأثير الصاعق الحسم عن طريق الجاذبية القوية لثقافتنا ومُثُلنا، وليس عن طريق القوة الصلبة لعضلاتنا العسكرية والاقتصادية في عالم يحدده تدفق المعلومات ويهدده الإرهاب. فهو يرينا الأمثلة الواضحة والتحليل المتألق كيف كان تبديد قوتنا الناعمة هو أخطر أخطاء أميركا. إن كل من يأمل أن يرى قيمنا تَسُود فليقرأ هذا الكتاب".
 - والتر إيزاكسون، مؤلف كتاب بنيامين فرانكلين: حياة أميركية، ورئيس معهد آسبن
" تعتمد القيادة الأميركية على قدرتنا على الإقناع والاجتذاب، وليس على الأمر والإرغام فحسب. " إن قوة أميركا الناعمة " - أي قوة ثقافتنا وقيمنا وجاذبيتها - يجب أن تنعكس بوضوح في سياستنا الخارجية ودبلوماسيتنا العامة. فلا يمكن تبديد القوة الناعمة، وإلا فقد نفقد الجيل القادم في العالم للنزعة المعادية لأميركا فتكسبه منا السياسة الأصولية المتشددة. إن جو ناي يقدم الإطار الفكري، وكذلك التوصيات السياسية الواضحة الرؤية للحفاظ على القيادة الأميركية في القرن الحادي والعشرين.
- السناتور الأميركي تشاك هاغل
تحتاج الولايات المتحدة إلى دعم البلدان والشعوب الأخرى أكثر من أي وقت مضى، ولاسيما المسلمين المعتدلين، وفي كتاب القوة الناعمة يشرح جوزيف ناي بطريقته الجلية المعتادة كيف نستطيع أن نعرض قضيتنا بطريقة أفضل ونجعل سياستنا أكثر جاذبية للآخرين. إن النصيحة في هذا الكتاب تشير إلى طريق النجاح في كسب الحرب على الإرهاب".
- الجنرال برنت سكوكروفت

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