The Godfather Doctrine A Foreign Policy Parable by John C. Hulsman

By John C. Hulsman

The Godfather Doctrine attracts transparent and crucial classes from might be the best Hollywood motion picture ever made to demonstrate America's altering geopolitical position on this planet and the way our kingdom can most sensible meet the momentous strategic demanding situations it faces.

In the motion picture The Godfather, Don Corleone, head of latest York's strongest organized-crime family members, is shockingly gunned down in vast sunlight, leaving his sons Sonny and Michael, together with his followed son, consigliere Tom Hagen, to chart a brand new direction for the relations. within the Godfather Doctrine, John Hulsman and Wess Mitchell express how the getting older and wounded don is emblematic of cold-war American strength at the decline in a brand new global the place our enemies play by means of unexpected ideas, and the way the don's heirs uncannily exemplify the 3 prime colleges of yank international coverage this day. Tom, the left-of-center liberal institutionalist, thinks the outdated principles nonetheless observe and that negotiation is the reply. Sonny is the Bush-era neocon who shoots first and asks questions later, proving a simple objective for his enemies. merely Michael, the realist, has a certain suppose for the altering scene, spotting the necessity for versatile combos of soppy and tough energy to maintain the family members robust and hold its impact and safeguard in a deadly and speedily altering world.

Based on Hulsman and Mitchell's groundbreaking and commonly debated article, "Pax Corleone," The Godfather Doctrine explains for everybody why Francis Ford Coppola's epic tale a few Mafia dynasty holds key insights for making sure America's survival within the twenty-first century.

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Vito Corleone, head of the most powerful of New York’s organized crime families, lies slumped over his car, with five bullet holes in his body. Virgil “the Turk” Sollozzo arranged the hit on Vito, as the Don refused to ally with him in expanding into the very lucrative narcotics trade. By a miracle, he is not dead, only gravely wounded. His three sons, Santino (Sonny), Tom Hagen, and Michael, gather in an atmosphere of shock and panic to try to decide what to do next, with the towering figure of the Don looming over them all.

Hulsman and A. , 1967– The Godfather doctrine : a foreign policy parable / John C. Hulsman and A. Wess Mitchell. p. cm. ISBN 978-0-691-14147-3 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. United States—Foreign relations—1989– 2. Godfather films—History and criticism. I. Mitchell, A. Wess, 1977– II. Title. edu Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To Eva and Elizabeth, the ultimate wartime consiglieres Contents Introduction The Godfather Doctrine Epilogue: Critics and Crisis “The Don, rest in peace, was slippin’.

As the past few years have shown, military intervention for its own sake, without a corresponding political plan, leads only to disaster. Yearning for the moral clarity that the Corleones’ past dominance had given them—a dominance not dissimilar to that enjoyed by America during the Cold War—Sonny cannot begin to comprehend that the era that made his military strategy possible has come to an end. Blinded by a militant moralism bereft of strategic insight, he proves an easy target for his foes. The neoconservatism that Sonny espouses grew out of a movement that has been far less prominent in American history than either Tom’s liberal institutionalism or Michael’s realism.

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