Professor Amitai Etzioni speaks on the essence of his new book
Etzioni's new book,"Security First: For A Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy," (Yale 2007) does not harp about past mistakes. Instead, it lets out a new agenda for the US foreign policy and that of its allies. It argues that the time has come to drop the misbegotten notion that the U.S. can democratize the Middle East--or, for that matter, scores of other nations--and to determine which leitmotif is to become the new guiding light for U.S. foreign policy. This book shows that the Primacy of Life serves well a moral rationale for a Security First foreign policy that is both principled and realistic. At its core is the recognition that the most basic right of all people is to be free from deadly violence, maiming, and torture.
Amitai Etzioni is a Professor of International Relations at George Washington University. His books include, "From Empire to Community," "Political Unification Revisited, Winning Without War" and "The Common Good." Professor Etzioni served as a Senior Aid to the White House and as President of the American Sociological Association. He has taught at Columbia, Harvard, and Berkeley and was listed as one of the top 100 American intellectuals in Richard Posner's book, "Public Intellectuals."
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