Losing the Long Game

The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East by Philip H. Gordon

  • Published: Aug 24, 2020

The definitive account of how regime change in the Middle East has proven so tempting to American policymakers for decadesand why it always seems to go wrong. "Must readingby someone who saw it first-handfor all interested in Americas foreign policy... read more

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Details of Losing the Long Game

Exact title of the book
Losing the Long Game
Book author
Philip H. Gordon
ISBN
9781250217042
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Oct 06, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

The definitive account of how regime change in the Middle East has proven so tempting to American policymakers for decadesand why it always seems to go wrong. "Must readingby someone who saw it first-handfor all interested in Americas foreign policy and its place in the world." Robin Wright Since the end of World War II, the United States has set out to oust governments in the Middle East on an average of once per decadein places as diverse as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan (twice), Egypt, Libya, and Syria. The reasons for these interventions have also been extremely diverse, and the methods by which the United States pursued regime change have likewise been highly varied, ranging from diplomatic pressure alone to outright military invasion and occupation.

What is common to all the operations, however, is that they failed to achieve their ultimate goals, produced a range of unintended and even catastrophic consequences, carried heavy financial and human costs, and in many cases left the countries in question worse off than they were before. Philip H. Gordon's Losing the Long Game is a thorough and riveting look at the U.

S. experience with regime change over the past seventy years, and an insiders view on U. S. policymaking in the region at the highest levels. It is the story of repeated U.

S. interventions in the region that always started out with high hopes and often the best of intentions, but never turned out well. No future discussion of U. S. policy in the Middle East will be complete without taking into account the lessons of the past, especially at a time of intense domestic polarization and reckoning with America's standing in world.

About author

H. Gordon is the Mary and David Boies senior fellow for U. S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

He served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and White House Coordinator for the Middle East from 2013-15 and as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2009-13. The author or co-author of several previous books (including Allies at War and Winning the Right War), his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Politico, and Foreign Policy. He lives in Washington, D.

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