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Superpower: Three Choices for

America’s Role in the World

Ian Bremmer, Portfolio, 2015,

$27.95/hardcover; $17/paperback;

$14.99/Kindle, 240 pages.



, Ian Bremmer writes about

the imperative to define a foreign policy strat-

egy, which, he maintains, the United States

has lacked since the end of the ColdWar. As a

result, U.S. foreign policy has been characterized by inconsistency,

timidity and an inability to respond effectively to increasingly

expensive and dangerous crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine,

Syria and elsewhere. Predicting the United States will remain a

superpower for the foreseeable future, Bremmer presents three

alternatives to the current aimlessness. He describes the options—

“Indispensable,” “Moneyball” and “Independent America”—

as “going with your heart, wallet and head,” respectively.

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of the global politi-

cal risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group. He has pub-

lished nine books, including The End of the Free Market and Every Nation for Itself . He lectures widely and writes a weekly foreign

affairs column for



Mission Creep: The Militarization of

U.S. Foreign Policy?

Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray, editors,

Georgetown University Press, 2014,

$34.95/paperback; $22.33/Kindle,

256 pages.

After the Cold War, and especially since 9/11,

the United States has increasingly relied on

the resources of the Department of Defense

to deal with a changing global environment and the rise of ter-

rorism, Islamic radicalism, ethnic conflict and failed states. The

term “militarization” in this title refers to a subtle phenomenon in

which the military has increasingly become the primary actor and

factor of U.S. policy abroad.

Editors Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray have assembled a

set of essays by Senior Foreign Service officers and other officials

examining the causes and implications of this and offering rec-

ommendations for rebalancing the civilian-military equation in

foreign policy decision-making and implementation.

Mission Creep

is “an excellent starting point for the national


debate that is long overdue,” says Ambassador (ret.) Charles Ray

in his

review in the October FSJ


The Fog of Peace: A Memoir

of International Peacekeeping

in the 21st Century

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Brookings

Institution Press, 2015, $25/paperback,

330 pages.

The Fog of Peace

is a telling memoir by

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, under secretary of

the United Nations for peacekeeping opera-

tions from 2000 to 2008. Its pages are filled with case studies from

the author’s time at the helm of U.N. peacekeeping operations in

places such as Darfur, Kosovo, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Georgia,

Iraq, Haiti and Lebanon. Guéhenno’s stories illustrate how deep

divisions in the international community have been overcome

to save lives and create stability in conflict settings. The key, he

argues, is accepting that outcomes will be imperfect and that

comprises must be made. Why the world is seemingly paralyzed

by inaction in Syria is one of the major questions explored in the


After leaving his peacekeeping post in 2008, Jean-Marie

Guéhenno served as an aide to then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi

Annan. He is currently the head of the International Crisis Group

in Washington, D.C.

Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from

Private Virtues to Public Values

James A. Joseph, Duke University Press,

2015, $29.95/hardcover; $20.75/Kindle,

330 pages.

After surviving a harrowing airplane crash in

the South Pacific in 1978, James Joseph was

inspired to redouble his efforts to integrate

values into America’s public, private and

independent sectors. In this autobiography, he chronicles his life’s

journey to serve others.

The son of a minister in the segregated South, Joseph navi-

gated the turbulence of the 1960s and supported an end to apart-

heid in South Africa—a country to which President Bill Clinton

later named himU.S. ambassador. He’s spent the years since in

academia, seeking to build a culture of ethical leadership across

all disciplines.

James A. Joseph is a professor emeritus at Duke University. He

has served as under secretary of the Department of the Interior in