Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide brings together twenty leading foreign policy and national security specialists—some of the leading thinkers of their generation—to seek common ground on ten key, controversial areas of policy. In each chapter conservative and liberal experts jointly outline their points of agreement on many of the most pressing issues in U.S. foreign policy, pointing the way toward a more constructive debate.

In doing so, the authors move past philosophical differences and identify effective approaches to the major national security challenges confronting the United States. An outgrowth of a Stanley Foundation initiative, this book shows what happens when specialists take a fresh look at politically sensitive issues purely on their merits and present an alternative to the distortions and oversimplifications of today's polarizing political environment.

chapter |6 pages


ByDerek Chollet, Tod Lindberg

chapter |14 pages

America and the Use of Force: Sources of Legitimacy

ByIvo H. Daalder, Robert Kagan

chapter |13 pages

How to Keep From Overselling or Underestimating the United Nations

ByMark P. Lagon, David Shorr

chapter |19 pages

The Cost of Confusion: Resolving Ambiguities in Detainee Treatment

ByKenneth Anderson, Elisa Massimino

chapter |13 pages

Course Correction in America's War on Terror

ByPeter Brookes, Julianne Smith

chapter |20 pages

The Case for Larger Ground Forces

ByFrederick W. Kagan, Michael O'Hanlon

chapter |17 pages

A Full-Court Press Against Nuclear Anarchy

ByStephen E. Biegun, Jon B. Wolfsthal

chapter |21 pages

Keeping Tabs on China's Rise

ByMichael Schiffer, Gary Schmitt

chapter |23 pages

Are We All Nation-Builders Now?

ByAndrew Erdmann, Suzanne Nossel

chapter |22 pages

Should Democracy Be Promoted or Demoted?

ByFrancis Fukuyama, Michael McFaul

chapter |20 pages

In Defense of Values

ByDerek Chollet, Tod Lindberg