OverviewChas W. Freeman Jr. is one of America's most brilliant and experienced diplomats and an outspoken advocate of diplomacy and other measures short of war to address international problems. In America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East, Freeman builds upon an earlier volume on Washington's Middle East policies to examine the state of U.S. foreign policy in the region since 2010. In this volume, Freeman deploys his deep insight and wit to explore the ongoing ramifications of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the complex consequences of the Arab Spring, and the increasing roles played in the region by China and other powers. He also explores possible policy remedies for the United States' many recent military and diplomatic "misadventures" in the Middle East.
Reviews"Chas Freeman is one of our country's best practitioners of diplomacy, an art he argues we have neglected in favor of military options... He has given us a wake up call. Let's hope we hear it."—Hon. Frank Carlucci, former Secretary of Defense
"No diplomat of his generation has a finer intelligence, a better ear to listen, as great a willingness to pierce self-deception or as gifted a pen as Chas Freeman. Insight leaps from every page of this remarkable volume."—Jessica T. Matthews, former President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"If you don't know whether to laugh or cry about America's bungling and ineptitude in this all-important region, you're certain to do both reading Freeman's rueful and iconoclastic narrative."—Robert Dreyfuss, contributor to Rolling Stone and The Nation
"If I could, I'd get this book on the curriculum of every service academy and defense college and university. Our military will pay the price for our wrong-headed policies unless we change them. Freeman shows the way."—M.J. Rosenberg, veteran political commentator
Author BiographyAmbassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. spent three decades as a U.S. diplomat, winding up his government service as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He was the principal American interpreter during President Nixon's breakthrough visit to Beijing; served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; and designed NATO's transformation into a Europe-wide security system. Since his retirement from government, Freeman has remained actively engaged on five continents and has continued to speak and write widely on issues of international relations and U.S. foreign policy.