The definitive account of how regime change in the Middle East has proven so tempting to American policymakers for decades—and why it always seems to go wrong. "Must reading—by someone who saw it first-hand—for all interested in America’s 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 decade—in 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 insider’s 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.
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Mitch McConnell likes to say that 'Being Senate Majority Leader is like being the groundskeeper at a cemetery - everybody is under you, but nobody's listening.' It's a job that rewards his own blend of character traits, which include humility, tenacity, patience, and a focus on long-term results over short-term headlines. Senator McConnell is in the news virtually every day, but he says almost nothing to the press and has, in his words, 'an almost athletic determination to keep my own mouth shut.' His carefully cultivated silence has increased his political power tremendously since he arrived in the Senate in 1985. Now Senator McConnell finally opens up about his life and career, giving readers an intimate look at his personal motivations and political ambitions, as well as offering a peek behind the curtain of how the Washington political machine really operates at the highest levels. Among his many insights, Senator McConnell shares his private thoughts on: His secret formula for deciding how to vote on appointments and major bills. What happened at the dawn of the Obama Administration to poison its relations with Congress. What he really thinks of his Senate archrival, Harry Reid. What President Obama could have and should have learned from Vice President Biden. The falseness behind Hillary Clinton's much-vaunted moderation. What happened during the fights over Obamacare and the government shutdowns. How he deals with impatient colleagues such as Ted Cruz and the Tea Party Republicans in the House. Though the public and most politicians are increasingly impatient for change, Senator McConnell remains committed to a patient approach, having learned over his long career that lasting change can only be won by playing the long game. His book will be an absorbing, revelatory read for political junkies, for anyone who wants to know the real story of what goes on in Congress, and for those who still believe - or need convincing - that the system of government the Founde
Are you winning the battle but losing the war? Every leader has to deliver the goods—make budget, meet deadlines, and deftly manage people—to provide the inspirational fuel that keeps their business running day-in and day-out. But therein lies the danger of winning today's battle and losing the war—that is the long game of creating sustainable value in a volatile, uncertain world that is becoming ever-more complex and ambiguous. The greater purpose—today's number one business challenge—is winning the long game by being more strategic; developing the skills to look outside the four walls of the organization and see the world from the future back. Steven Krupp and Paul J. H. Schoemaker bridge the gap between what many see as the separate domains of strategy and leadership to show how to develop the discipline of strategic leadership in a world of growing uncertainty. While pragmatic to the core, Winning the Long Game creates vivid insights into the discipline of strategic leadership by applying it systemically through personal portraits of successful business leaders. The book profiles Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Sara Blakely, as well as world-renowned figures like Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela. What makes these strategic leaders successful is highlighted by contrasting them with others who are either mediocre or outright failures. Winning the Long Game is the must-have playbook for every leader and for any manager seeking to be become more strategic in today's topsy-turvy world.
The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear. . . . but some secrets won't stay buried. For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate's campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets. Meanwhile, Tess's guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can – and cannot – be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in Washington, but she's about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price. Perfect for fans of Scandal, Harlan Coben, and Ally Carter, the second book in this thrilling series will leave readers breathless. Don't miss any of these other books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Naturals The Naturals Killer Instinct All In Bad Blood Twelve Raised by Wolves: Raised by Wolves Taken by Storm Trial by Fire The Squad Perfect Cover Killer Spirit Tattoo: Tattoo Fate The Fixer Nobody Every Other Day Platinum Golden
Authoritative and original, The Long Game is a controversial assessment of President Obama's foreign policy legacy. Too often, critical discussions concerning American foreign policy are divorced from the political reality in which leaders face choices and make decisions. Here, consummate White House insider Derek Chollet corrects common misperceptions to show how President Obama has done more to alter American foreign policy than any Democratic president since Kennedy. Ten years after 9/11 and three years into his presidency, President Obama was ready to shelve the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and shift his foreign-policy focus to bolstering the power of America's presence in the international community. his foreign-policy strategy was to be founded on economic strength and global authority—but history intruded. Instead, in the coming years, Syria disintegrated; ISIS emerged; Egypt, Ukraine, and post-Qaddafi Libya erupted. Russia has resurfaced as a military threat to Europe, and America has inexorably declined. The world order today is as complicated as it was at the end of the Cold War. President Obama is not to blame. With new and surprising insights, Derek Chollet reveals that Obama has largely remained true to the policies he outlined before taking office: extracting US forces from Iraq and Afghanistan; deemphasizing military force as the primary tool of American power; rebalancing toward Asia; involving Congress into decisions about the use of force; and pursuing bold policy goals on issues like climate change, trade, and nuclear disarmament. Ultimately, Obama's policies at home and abroad have been restoring American power, not squandering it. And by redefining American foreign policy, Obama has defied official Washington. The Long Game boldly sums up the core tenets and names Obama's highly successful doctrine: to position the US to win “the long game.”
Somebody framed Nick Drexler for a murder he did not commit. Nick is an honest businessman but he comes from a family of notorious criminals. After serving over two years on death row, an appellate court throws out his conviction. Now on the outside of prison walls, Nick begins a search for the shadowy figures behind the murder and frame. Along the way he discovers a conspiracy bigger than he had anticipated, learns many new disturbing facts about his family's shady past, and finds romance where he least expected it.
The wealthy have a lot of things to consider and act on that the poor are not aware of and never take their time to understand. All these things are organized in a way that starts from the mind and ends with the actions that they take every single day. They know how to protect their wealth by taking advantage of the diverse financial strategies and solutions that are tailored to meet their long-term objectives. We all receive money, but how do we go about using it in our daily lives? This book is here to guide you on what the ‘rich’ man you see around uses to continue gaining wealth, while the average and poor continue to struggle. You will see how you think and how the wealthy thinks and what happens after each of these make their decisions from day to day. In the end, you will have a complete plan that reveals all the secrets of the wealthy and, by then, you will see that what really counts are the little things we do. In this book you will learn: Why mindset is everything How to set financial goals and achieve them Avoiding Shiny Object syndrome How to create more than one stream of income And many other wealth secrets the rich don't talk about!
I'm following one of my dreams ... but do I dare to follow my heart? Cress Kennedy One thing everyone in Grong Grong knows about me: it's always been my dream to play Aussie Rules Football. And now the Sydney Sirens are signing me for the new Women's Aussie Rules competition. I'm headed to Sydney. To stay with my brother's best friend. Quin. But here's one thing no–one in Grong Grong knows about me: how much I want Quin to see me as a woman, and take him for myself... Quin Fitzpatrick I knew as soon as she got a chance to play in the Women's Aussie Rules competition that Cress would be a star. I knew it made sense for her to come and stay with me, where I could protect her, show her the ropes–Watercress from Grong Grong, the little sister I never had. I never expected Cress–gorgeous, generous Cress–to shake me out of my rut. Now how am I ever going to go back to life without her around. Other books available in The Women of W.A.R. series: Game On by Nicola Marsh Fair Game by Amy Andrews
In The Middle Way, Derek Chollet identifies the surprising similarities in foreign policy leadership among three consequential and widely-admired presidents: Dwight Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The Middle Way unpacks how these leaders navigated foreign policy challenges through a measured, even-handed, and pragmatic approach. Tied together by history, their common outlooks, experiences, and struggles bear special relevance giventhe current levels of polarization in America. At a moment when many Americans are deeply worried about America's role in the world, this book reveals an inspiring history that can guide us forward.
We obsess about what our politicians are doing, but ignore that our companies are no longer investing, instead they are focusing on next quarter’s profits in order to justify ever higher executive compensation. This is in turn accelerating the West’s economic decline versus the East. While the short-term focus of business is becoming widely acknowledged, we are not doing enough to reverse this. Looking at the less known history of companies shows us the choices we can no longer afford to ignore. Some current reforms need to go further and some areas that need reform are currently being ignored. Encouraging our businesses to invest again is one of the most important issues of our time.
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For a long time, Cyril Ramaphosa was the nearly-man of South African politics. He was Nelson Mandela's preferred successor, but the ANC opted for his rival, Thabo Mbeki, as the second post-apartheid president. Ramaphosa had led South Africa's huge mineworkers' union against the apartheid regime and was the key architect of the much-praised 1996 'rainbow' constitution. He later prospered in business on the back of the first big empowerment deals with white-owned enterprises, before returning to politics and the ANC in 2012. His eyes firmly on the prize, Ramaphosa played a long game as President Zuma became mired in scandal. In early 2018, Deputy President Ramaphosa persuaded the party to throw out Zuma and install him in his place. Announcing a 'new dawn', he has captivated the nation, but now faces his greatest challenge: fixing a broken economy, weeding out Zuma's corrupt minions and the legacy of 'state capture' by the Gupta brothers, and delivering on the promise of a better life for the poor. This captivating biography outlines Ramaphosa's extraordinary political and business career. It tells the story of one of the greatest political comebacks of modern times.
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Your personal goals need a long-term strategy. It's no secret that we're pushed to the limit. Today's professionals feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind. So we keep our heads down, focused on the next thing, and the next, without a moment to breathe. How can we break out of this endless cycle and create the kind of interesting, meaningful lives we all seek? Just as CEOs who optimize for quarterly profits often fail to make the strategic investments necessary for long-term growth, the same is true in our own personal and professional lives. We need to reorient ourselves to see the big picture so we can tap into the power of small changes that, made today, will have an enormous and disproportionate impact on our future success. We need to start playing The Long Game. As top business thinker and Duke University professor Dorie Clark explains, we all know intellectually that lasting success takes persistence and effort. And yet so much of the relentless pressure in our culture pushes us toward doing what's easy, what's guaranteed, or what looks glamorous in the moment. In The Long Game, she argues for a different path. It's about doing small things over time to achieve our goals—and being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard. In The Long Game, Clark shares unique principles and frameworks you can apply to your specific situation, as well as vivid stories from her own career and other professionals' experiences. Everyone is allotted the same 24 hours—but with the right strategies, you can leverage those hours in more efficient and powerful ways than you ever imagined. It's never an overnight process, but the long-term payoff is immense: to finally break out of the frenetic day-to-day routine and transform your life and your career.
He's all she's ever wanted ... she's all he'll ever need Aside from a brief stint of madness during their teen years, Vance James and Ayisha Glenn are not each other's idea of relationship material. Vance, a financial analyst and avid golfer, is preoccupied with getting his fill of women, and finding that special someone doesn't factor into his plans. Yet all it takes to turn his world upside down is one remark from Ayisha about his lifestyle. Suddenly, his focus shifts and he's spending his days trying to prove he can be the man she needs. Ayisha is a go-getter who knows what she's about-a successful business, a lifetime with the man of her dreams, and children to complete the picture. Vance is an expert at romance, but with Ayisha it's all or nothing. She's waited years for Vance to stop chasing the wind in pursuit of what's already in front of him. Now that he's set his heart on having her, will she accept his love?
In the past 25 years, America and Europe both developed relations with Central Asia and the Caucasus. This book argues that American and European policies suffer from both conceptual and structural impediments. It provides detailed analysis of these policies and proposes constructive recommendations for their improvement.
A WEB OF DECEIT AND AMBITIONCharlie Rainis's up-and-coming boxing star has drawn the attention of Papa Cass, deadliest boxer in Tucson's underground boxing world. When he challenges William "Whiteout" Moran a few rounds in the squared-circle, Charlie refuses to send her favorite boxer to certain death. That's not the kind of fame Charlie needs or wants.But Big Papa Cassidy doesn't take no for an answer. It's bad for business.Charlie must outsmart a mad superfan from getting Whiteout killed while avoiding the attention of the attractive and aggressive detective Andrea Reese. You know, business as usual.
Written in the final years of Bruce Beaver's life, these honest and generous poems look back on a life fraught with illness and turmoil, but one concomitantly enriched by poetry, music, art, and a love affair lasting a lifetime. The poems - mindful of the new millennium - meditate on death and destruction, loss and frailty, while remaining faithful to the promise of life and birth, regeneration and creativity.