Power and diplomacy
Power and Diplomacy Hardcover – January 1, 1958 by Dean Acheson (Author) See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. The distinction between force and power in this context is as important as the clear understanding of the interconnection between the two in a fluid and changing international context.

Thus, to summarize, diplomacy is the art of restraining force and enhancing power, with the unintentional effect on occasion leading to a reduction of power. The book is a forceful and provocative analysis of the affairs of state in the world today. Diplomacy is the principal substitute for the use of force or underhanded means in statecraft; it is how comprehensive national power is applied to the peaceful adjustment of differences between states. Diplomacy here is loosely defined as the act of getting other countries to agree to what a nation/group of nations wants without the use of a conventional military force. This ‘power of diplomacy’ Kautilya says, is superior to all the other sources of power. Dean Acheson points out that the successful organization of power is achieved only by the harmonious merging of economic, fiscal, military, foreign, and weapons development policies. Acheson's goal is to persuade his readers to take the Soviet threat seriously, to concentrate power in American hands (given the limits, for example, of the UN), to maintain and strengthen alliances with free states, and to limit one's efforts to what is possible, rather than desirable. It may be coercive (i.e., backed by the threat to apply punitive measures or … Price New from Used from Hardcover "Please retry" $65.00 .

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