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Category: News, Speaking of Diplomacy

Title: After two decades of war, it’s time to shift our focus on diplomacy

Author: Tom Pickering
Date Published: October 14, 2020

For two decades we have both decided on and then lived with the vision that with the world’s most powerful military, we could use it to solve political and security problems far faster and far more effectively than our past resorts to negotiation. The idea was seductive beyond attractive. It built on the experience of World War II and unconditional surrender. According to Colin Powell, when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Clinton administration, then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Madeleine Albright once asked, “What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?” [Read more]

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