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Nixon, Kissinger, and U.S. foreign policy making : the machinery of crisis /
Asaf Siniver.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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xvi, 252 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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0521897629 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780521897624 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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0521897629 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780521897624 (hbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6655093
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-247) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-08-01:
Siniver (Univ. of Birmingham, UK) employs newly declassified National Security Council (NSC) materials to assess the organizational process and the results of crisis decision making in the Nixon administration. Particularly, he focuses on the role of the Washington Special Actions Group (WSAG), an interdepartmental group within NSC. In four well-chosen case study crises---the Cambodian Incursion in the spring of 1970, the Jordanian crises in September 1970, the India-Pakistan War in December 1971, and the Yom Kippur War in October 1973--he analyzes the linkage between structure and process during the events and explains the common and unique attributes of each decision process. Although WSAG provided high-quality input in each instance, the personalities and psychology of Nixon and Kissinger outweighed the organizational structures in each case. Nixon was wont to ignore the process and act on gut instinct. For students of bureaucratic process, the book offers valuable comparative theoretical analysis. For those less interested in theory, the case studies are valuable stand-alone pieces that help one to understand Nixon and Kissinger as managers of foreign policy crises. For scholars, this is an excellent contribution to the literature on decision making, but knowledgeable laypersons can also gain markedly from the case studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. P. Dunn Converse College
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"Asaf Siniver has written the first comprehensive analysis of the cognitive and personal interaction between Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and its impact on the decision-making structure they set up for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Based on newly released documents, Siniver establishes six standards for investigating four case studies-the 1970 incursion into Cambodia, the Jordanian crisis, the 1971 India-Pakistan war, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. These should prove valuable examples for examining other diplomatic actions of the Nixon administration once more information is declassified." -Joan Hoff, Research Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman
"Asaf Siniver has written the first comprehensive analysis of the cognitive and personal interaction between Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and its impact on the decision-making structure they set up for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. War. Based on newly released documents, Siniver establishes six standards for investigating four case studies-the 1970 incursion into Cambodia and the Jordanian crisis, the 1971 India-Pakistan war, and the 1973 Yom Kippur. These should prove valuable examples for examining other diplomatic actions of the Nixon administration once more information is declassified." -Joan Hoff, Research Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman
"Asaf Siniver has written the first comprehensive analysis of the cognitive and personal interaction between Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and its impact on the decision-making structure they set up for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. War. Based on newly released documents, Siniver establishes six standards for investigating four case studiesthe 1970 incursion into Cambodia and the Jordanian crisis, the 1971 India-Pakistan war, and the 1973 Yom Kippur. These should prove valuable examples for examining other diplomatic actions of the Nixon administration once more information is declassified." -Joan Hoff, Research Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman
"Asaf Siniver's book provides a substantial, fascinating and well-written investigation of the development, implementation, and consequences of the organizational apparatus constructed by Nixon and Kissinger to direct U.S. foreign policy. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of this period through its detailed analysis of the recently opened National Security Council documents. Siniver's book displays a masterful integration of new material on an endlessly fascinating subject." -Rose McDermott, University of California at Santa Barbara
"Asaf Siniver shows how Nixon and Kissinger transformed the structure, as well as the substance, of US foreign policy. His book offers a thoughtful, well researched, and theoretically informed account of how the bureaucracy influenced crisis decision-making, despite the highly personalized policies of the imperial presidency. His book is also a timely reminder that presidents can benefit from close attention to the policy process, and the advice produced by a well organized analytical machinery in government. I recommend this book to all students, scholars, and practitioners of foreign policy." - Jeremi Suri, University of Wisconsin, Author of Henry Kissinger And The American Century
"...a valuable addition to the continuously growing body of scholarship on Nixon's and Kissinger's tenures in office." -Jussi Hanhimaki, H-Diplo
Review of the hardback: 'Unlike many political scientists, Siniver embraces archival research in a manner that should satisfy the most exacting of historians. He narrates each of the four crises that he covers with admirable succinctness and analytical rigor. For anyone interested in the foreign policy of the Nixon administration, this book will yield fresh details, perspectives, and insights. It is highly recommended for diplomatic historians and scholars of international relations alike.' Journal of American Studies
"This is a thoroughly researched and well-written book that should be read by all who are interested in the foreign policy of the Nixon administration." -Yafeng Xia, The Journal of American History
'Unlike many political scientists, Siniver embraces archival research in a manner that should satisfy the most exacting of historians. He narrates each of the four crises that he covers with admirable succinctness and analytical rigor. For anyone interested in the foreign policy of the Nixon administration, this book will yield fresh details, perspectives, and insights. It is highly recommended for diplomatic historians and scholars of international relations alike.' Journal of American Studies
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Notorious for their tight grip on the machinery of U.S. foreign policy, the book offers a critical account of the manner in which President Nixon and his national security advisor Kissinger dominated the structures and processes of foreign policy making.
Description for Bookstore
Siniver examines the workings of the Washington Special Actions Group during four Nixon-era foreign policy crises. His examination of previously classified material about group reveals much about the linkage between structures, processes, and personalities in crisis decision-making, and potential its impact on the quality and outcome of foreign policy decisions.
Description for Bookstore
Siniver examines the workings of the Washington Special Actions Group during four Nixon-era foreign policy crises. His examination of previously classified material about the group reveals much about the linkage between structures, processes and personalities in crisis decision-making.
Description for Bookstore
Siniver examines the workings of the Washington Special Actions Group during four Nixon-era foreign policy crises. His examination of previously classified material about the group reveals much about the linkage between structures, processes, and personalities in crisis decision-making, and potential its impact on the quality and outcome of foreign policy decisions.
Main Description
Nixon, Kissinger, and U.S. Foreign Policy Making examines for the first time the important role of crisis management in the making of U.S. foreign policy during the Nixon-Kissinger years. Notorious for their tight grip on the machinery of U.S. foreign policy, the book offers a critical account of the manner in which the president and his national security advisor dominated the structures and processes of foreign policy making. By drawing on a wealth of previously classified documents, Siniver reveals the story of the Washington Special Action Group, which managed foreign policy crises in the Nixon administration. In this thoroughly researched account of the performance of Nixon, Kissinger and the Washington Special Actions Group in four international crises, Siniver provides a fresh analysis of the important relationship between individuals and the advisory system in the making of U.S. foreign policy during international crises.
Main Description
Nixon, Kissinger, and U.S. Foreign Policy Making examines for the first time the important role of crisis management in the making of U.S. foreign policy during the Nixon-Kissinger years. The book offers a critical account of the manner in which the president and his national security advisor – notorious for their tight grip on the machinery of U.S. foreign policy – dominated the structures and processes of foreign policy making. By drawing on a wealth of previously classified documents, Asaf Siniver reveals the story of the Washington Special Actions Group (WSAG), which managed foreign policy crises in the Nixon administration. In this thoroughly researched account of the performance of Nixon, Kissinger and the WSAG in four international crises, Siniver provides a fresh analysis of the important relationship among structures, processes and personalities in the making of U.S. foreign policy during international crises.
Main Description
The Machinery of Crisis examines for the first time the important role of crisis management in the making of U.S. foreign policy during the Nixon-Kissinger years. Notorious for their tight grip on the machinery of U.S. foreign policy, the book offers a critical account of the manner in which the president and his national security advisor dominated the structures and processes of foreign policy making. By drawing on a wealth of previously classified documents, Siniver reveals the story of the Washington Special Action Group, which managed foreign policy crises in the Nixon administration. In this thoroughly researched account of the performance of Nixon, Kissinger and the Washington Special Actions group in four international crises, Siniver provides a fresh analysis of the important relationship between individuals and the advisory system in the making of U.S. foreign policy during international crisis.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Dramatis Personaep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Structures, Processes, and Personalities in U.S. Foreign Policyp. 12
The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy During the Nixon-Kissinger Yearsp. 40
The Incursion into Cambodia, Spring 1970p. 71
The Jordanian Crisis, September 1970p. 115
The India-Pakistan War, December 1971p. 148
The Yom Kippur War, October 1973p. 185
Conclusionp. 224
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 249
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