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Smart Power

From China's cyber war on America to Islamist victories across the Middle East to the lengthening shadow cast by Iran, the Washington establishment has failed to neutralize foreign threats that are becoming more dangerous. No one on the political left or right has articulated a realistic defense strategy to meet these new challenges of the twenty-first century. Smart Power - written by a prolific writer and TV commentator who saw firsthand the successes and failures of statecraft in the George W. Bush administration - offers new solutions to the threats America faces today, including radical reform in Washington. Smart Power is one of the first books to draw heavily on leaked classified government cables, revealing what went wrong in episodes like the Arab Spring and the thwarted 2009 uprising in Iran. Christian Whiton uses personal accounts from his experience in the George W. Bush administration to show how China compromises U.S. security with the help of American politicians, bureaucrats, and scholars. He explains why Washington mistreats traditional allies like Israel, Japan, and Taiwan. He presents nonviolent options to undermine the governments of Iran and China and to help moderate Muslims challenge Islamists. He also outlines radical reform of America's national security apparatus. Whiton is consistently stingy with the lives of America's servicemen and wary of new foreign commitments, but he is unapologetic in advancing core U.S. national interests. Using a rich mix of history, captivating personal accounts, and recent events, Whiton defines what would really constitute smart power by reimagining the neglected tools of statecraft that lie between diplomacy and outright war.
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CHRISTIAN WHITON is a principal at DC International Advisory, where he provides advice on cross-border business and corporate transactions. From 2003 to 2009 he was a senior adviser and deputy special envoy in the State Department. Prior to joining the State Department, he was a senior associate at KMPG LLP. He is chairman of the board of the Hamilton Foundation, a not-forprofit policy research organization that he cofounded. He holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Frequently appearing on the Fox News Channel, he has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles.


The foreign policy prescriptions Christian Whiton offers in "Smart Power" are advanced with passion and erudition and without fear or favor for either political party or any entrenched school of thought. Readers will also receive an extraordinary education in what really goes on inside the State Department, and the ways in which American diplomats must often contend with obstructionist, dilatory, and irrational actors in their own government before venturing forth to engage them in the ministries of our allies and enemies abroad. James Rosen, "Fox News" chief Washington correspondent

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