Book:Fateful decisions : inside the National Security Council / edited, with introductions, by Karl F. Inderfurth, Loch K. Johnson.:2004. Book Fateful decisions : inside the National Security Council / edited, with introductions, by Karl F. Inderfurth, Loch K. Johnson.
Fateful decisions : inside the National Security Council / edited, with introductions, by Karl F. Inderfurth, Loch K. Johnson.
Associated Name: Inderfurth, Karl.
Associated Name: Johnson, Loch K., 1942-
Publication year: 2004.
Language: English
Call Number UA23.15 .F17 2004
Media class: Book
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195159659 0195159667 9780195159660
Extent: xix, 378 p. : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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"The National Security Council (NSC) is the most important formal institution in the U.S. government for the creation and implementation of foreign and defense policy. The Council's four principal members--the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense--are responsible for incredibly far-reaching decisions regarding war and peace, diplomacy, international trade, and covert operations. Despite its obvious importance, the NSC has been subject to relatively little scholarly scrutiny, and therefore remains misunderstood by most international relations students. Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council provides students with valuable insights into the origins, workings, strengths, and weaknesses of the NSC. Covering the period from 1947 to 2003, Fateful Decisions features seminal articles, essays, and documents drawn from a variety of sources. The book presents and illuminates several obscure documents regarding the beginning of the NSC and its early years. It then examines the transformation of the NSC from a newly established, and initially ignored, advisory committee to the nation's premier forum for national security deliberations. The selections--written by prominent scholars, journalists, and practitioners--offer revealing coverage of major topics, such as key challenges to the NSC and the role of the NSC in a post-Cold War environment. The articles also discuss the rise of the National Security Adviser to a position of prominence and provide profiles of those who have held the position, including McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, Samuel Berger, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice. Chronicling the performance of the NSC over the years, Fateful Decisions dissects both its successes and its failures -- from the Cuban Missile Crisis through the Iran-contra affair, to the current war against global terrorism -- and offers reform proposals to improve the Council's performance. It is ideal
for courses on the NSC, national security decision-making, and U.S. foreign policy"--Back cover.
The development of political-military consultation in the United States / Ernest R. May -- Postwar organization for national security / Ferdinand Eberstadt --Legislative debate on the National Security Act of 1947 / U.S. Congress -- The National Security Act of 1947 / U.S. Congress -- The NSC under Truman and Eisenhower /Stanley L. Falk -- Effective national security advising : recovering the Eisenhower legacy / Fred I. Greenstein, Richard H. Immerman -- Forging a strategy for survival / Henry M. Jackson -- Organizing for national security / Jackson Subcommittee -- Letter to Jackson Subcommittee / McGeorge Bundy -- Kissinger's apparat / John P. Leacacos -- Presidential directive : NSC-2 / Jimmy Carter -- The National Security Council system after the Cold War / Vincent A. Auger -- National Security presidential directive 1 / George W. Bush -- Forum on the role of a National Security advisor / Woodrow Wilson International Center, Baker Institute -- The NSC advisor : process manager and more / Colin L. Powell -- The lessons of the Iran-Contra affair for National Security policy making / Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., Kevin V. Mulcahy -- McGeorge Bundy / Kai Bird -- Henry Kissinger / Marvin Kalb, Bernard Kalb -- Zbigniew Brzezinski / Dom Bonafede -- Brent Scowcraft / David Lauter -- Samuel R. Berger / R.W. Apple, Jr. -- Condoleezza Rice / Elaine Sciolino -- The Cuban missile crisis / Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. -- The transition from the Cold War / George H.W. Bush, Brent Scowcraft -- Conflict in the Balkans / Eric Moskowitz, Jeffrey S. Lantis -- The war against terrorism / Dan Balz, Bob Woodward -- America's Departments of State / Bert A. Rockman -- The NSC staff as rogue elephant / Tower Commission -- Congress and the NSC / Inouye-Hamilton Committee -- Recommendations on organizing for national security / Tower Commission -- The President and the Secretary of State / Theodore C. Sorensen -- A new NSC for a new administration / Ivo H. Daalder, I.M. Destler -- Road map for
national security : imperative for change / Hart-Rudman Report.

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