The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable

The Godfather Doctrine A Foreign Policy Parable The Godfather Doctrine draws clear and essential lessons from perhaps the greatest Hollywood movie ever made to illustrate America s changing geopolitical place in the world and how our country can be

  • Title: The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable
  • Author: John C. Hulsman A. Wess Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780691141473
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Godfather Doctrine draws clear and essential lessons from perhaps the greatest Hollywood movie ever made to illustrate America s changing geopolitical place in the world and how our country can best meet the momentous strategic challenges it faces In the movie The Godfather, Don Corleone, head of New York s most powerful organized crime family, is shockingly gunned doThe Godfather Doctrine draws clear and essential lessons from perhaps the greatest Hollywood movie ever made to illustrate America s changing geopolitical place in the world and how our country can best meet the momentous strategic challenges it faces In the movie The Godfather, Don Corleone, head of New York s most powerful organized crime family, is shockingly gunned down in broad daylight, leaving his sons Sonny and Michael, along with his adopted son, consigliere Tom Hagen, to chart a new course for the family In The Godfather Doctrine, John Hulsman and Wess Mitchell show how the aging and wounded don is emblematic of cold war American power on the decline in a new world where our enemies play by unfamiliar rules, and how the don s heirs uncannily exemplify the three leading schools of American foreign policy today Tom, the left of center liberal institutionalist, thinks the old rules still apply and that negotiation is the answer Sonny is the Bush era neocon who shoots first and asks questions later, proving an easy target for his enemies Only Michael, the realist, has a sure feel for the changing scene, recognizing the need for flexible combinations of soft and hard power to keep the family strong and maintain its influence and security in a dangerous and rapidly changing world Based on Hulsman and Mitchell s groundbreaking and widely debated article, Pax Corleone, The Godfather Doctrine explains for everyone why Francis Ford Coppola s epic story about a Mafia dynasty holds key insights for ensuring America s survival in the twenty first century.

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    • Hulsman, John C en A. Wess Mitchell, The Godfather Doctrine (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2009) – Aardige poging om aan de hand van de beroemde maffiafilm The Godfather op toegankelijke wijze een lans te breken voor meer realisme in de Amerikaanse buitenlandse politiek. Tom Hagen uit de film vertegenwoordigt volgens de auteurs het enigszins naieve "liberal institutionalism" waaraan vooral de Democraten (incl. Obama?) zich schuldig maken. Sonny belichaamt het militaristisch [...]


    • I read the Godfather Doctrine in 2008 on the run up to the ’08 elections. Revising it in 2016 on the run up to the ’16 elections provides a different context to its premise; that U.S. foreign policy can be defined in three categories; Liberal Institutionalism, Realism and Neo-conservatism. And, that each of these characterizations are an analogy for the three key brothers (Tom, Michael and Sonny, respectively) from Coppola’s iconic The Godfather film.Well, after eight years, the premise ha [...]


    • I teach "Global Politics Thru Film" and was hopeful that this book might make a useful companion to that class. However, as the title suggests, the book is very much an exercise in the application of some basic plot elements of "The Godfather" films to American foreign policy. One of the three "schools" discussed in the very short book is neoconservatism, which really is not an international relations theory per se. The authors' view of liberal institutionalism is very narrow, stressing the pote [...]


    • This is a little book, literally: 6 1/4" tall and 4 1/8" and 82 pages long, but packs a powerful punch. It made perfect sense to me to buy it (The Crow Bookshop in Burlington) since it combines two of my real interests, love of cinema and a strong desire to understand why/how America is failing at dealing with the post 9-11 world we find ourselves in. As one of my MOST DESPISED persons on the globe (Dick Cheney, he is the reason my favorite quote is "the more I see of men, the better I like my d [...]


    • This is a short essay about how America should approach its foreign policy in a more "realistic" way, a la Michael Corleone. The analogy between The Godfather and America's past foreign policies only goes so far: for one thing, it completely ignores Fredo in favor of Tom and of course, Connie, as a woman doesn't get an analogy as a foreign policy actor at all but still the call for a "realist" approach should be more considered.


    • An amazingly astute look at a sensible path for geopolitics. It's not very in-depth and as such misses some of the particulars, but a really good jumping off point for thinking about how America can progress as a nation.



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