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The Eccentric Realist
Author: Mario Del Pero

ISBN: 9780801447594
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 17 October 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9
Description:
During the 2008 election season, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates both aspired to be understood as foreign policy 'realists' in the mold of Henry Kissinger. Kissinger, who is distrusted on the neoconservative right for his skepticism about American exceptionalism and on the liberal left for his amoral, realpolitik approach, once again stood as the sage of foreign relations and the wise man who rises above partisan politics. In The Eccentric Realist, Mario Del Pero questions this depiction of Kissinger. Lauded as the foreign policy realist par excellence, Kissinger, as Del Pero shows, has been far more ideological and inconsistent in his policy formulations than is commonly realized. Del Pero considers the rise and fall of Kissinger's foreign policy doctrine over the course of the 1970s-beginning with his role as National Security Advisor to Nixon and ending with the collapse of d??tente with the Soviet Union after Kissinger left the scene as Ford's outgoing Secretary of State. Del Pero shows that realism then (not unlike realism now) was as much a response to domestic politics as it was a cold, hard assessment of the facts of international relations...

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