Hudson Institute Presidential Transition Papers
January 8, 2009
by Douglas J. Feith , Christopher Ford
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"Better to jaw-jaw than to war-war,"Winston Churchill
once quipped, showing that not even tough-minded war
leaders prefer war to diplomacy in principle. But deciding
when to negotiate with foreign adversaries, what to
say to them, and when to resort to methods other than
talk is not simple. In efforts to resolve international problems,
every course of action—including straightforward,
non-coercive diplomacy—has its pros and cons.
Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2001 to 2005, is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and the author of War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism.
Christopher A. Ford was formerly Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Technology and Global Security at Hudson Institute.
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