This book aims to 'reinvent' diplomacy for our current era. The original and comparative research provides a foundation for thinking about what successful outreach, negotiation, and relationship-building with foreign actors should look like. Instead of focusing only on failures, as most studies do, this one interrogates success.
Robert Hutchings is Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the School in 2010, he was Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University, where he also served as Assistant Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His combined academic and diplomatic career included service as Director for European Affairs with the National Security Council, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State with the rank of ambassador, and Chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is a leading scholar of international diplomacy, strategy, and policy-making. He is the author of five previous books, including Power and Protest, Henry Kissinger and the American Century and Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. Professor Suri writes for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, and Wired Magazine. He was named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of America's top young innovators.