Cleveland, Harlan
July 1963
Foreign Affairs;Jul1963, Vol. 41 Issue 4, p638
Academic Journal
The article focuses the U.S. foreign policy. To judge from the daily news, the management of American foreign policy is the art of throwing ourselves into one crisis after another. By shifting the spotlight from one trouble spot to the next, the impression is created that the U.S. government deals exclusively in short-range reactions to external emergencies. Most of the people engaged in the management of American foreign policy, most of the time, are not working on the headline crises, but on other subjects. A round of tariff negotiations, a student exchange program, the use of surplus food for economic growth, the tedious but important process of getting to know hundreds of leading personalities in more than a hundred foreign countries, the analysis of bits and pieces of intelligence from all over the world, the selection and instruction of government delegates to 500 conferences a year, these and many, many other necessary works are also "American foreign policy." The management of a foreign-policy crisis is an exciting, demanding form of organized thinking, in which the maximum degree of complexity must be sifted through the minds of those few men in a position to take the ultimate responsibility for action.


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