Part I


U.S. foreign policy is failing, and its rejuvenation and adjustment to new conditions are necessary for the maintenance of a prosperous and secure global order. 

Part II

Rebuilding America’s Alliances

The United States has nurtured the most benign and successful alliance network in history, which gives us a major comparative advantage over our adversaries. This section describes the challenges facing these critical relationships in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

Part III

National Defense

Sound strategy backed by adequate hard and soft power is indispensable to the success of U.S. foreign policy looking forward. The next Administration will need to both reformulate strategy and resuscitate U.S. military power in light of the errors and lapses of the past eight years. This section offers guidelines to those ends.

Part IV

Addressing Threats to National Security

This section analyzes the threats posed by international terrorism, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Russia, and North Korea, and offers strategies to deal with them. 

Part V


U.S.-China relations are as complex as they are portentous. This section discusses China’s economy, military, and political system, and offers new approaches to adapting U.S. policy to changing circumstances. 

Part VI

International Economics

America’s ability to use its economic assets to foreign policy advantage—from sanctions to trade negotiations to the geopolitics of energy—is growing more important every year in the post-Cold War world, ,This section discusses the issues and lays out policy options for the next Administration.

Part VII

Functional Challenges
& Opportunities

America’s global outlook should balance its interests and ideals. This section proposes new approaches to cyber security, intelligence collection, countering nuclear weapon proliferation, energy security, participation in international organizations, promoting democracy and human rights, and effective development assistance.


Organizing for Success

Policy success depends on sound processes and structures for its implementation as well as its conceptual sophistication. The book ends with suggestions for how the next White House should reform the NSC system to better manage the interagency.