Losing the Long Game: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East

Philip H. Gordon (Author)

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$29.99  $27.59
St. Martin's Press
Publish Date
October 06, 2020
5.6 X 8.5 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Philip H. Gordon is the Mary and David Boies senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and White House Coordinator for the Middle East from 2013-15 and as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2009-13. The author or co-author of several previous books (including Allies at War and Winning the Right War), his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Politico, and Foreign Policy. He lives in Washington, D.


"Gordon has written a devastating account of repeated U.S. attempts to remove leaders and transform political systems from North Africa to South Asia over the past seventy years. Whatever the intentions, regime change simply hasn't worked. Most attempts have come at horrific costs with unintended long-term consequences that have further undermined the original U.S. goals. Losing the Long Game is must reading--by someone who saw it first-hand--for all interested in America's foreign policy and its place in the world."
--Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

"With sharp insight and refreshing candor, Phil Gordon lays bare the magical thinking which has so often led American policymakers to assume too much about our powers of transformation in the Middle East, and too little about the limits of our agency. Gordon offer a compelling argument for more pragmatism and less hubris, and for greater reliance on diplomacy in shifting the terms of America's engagement in the original land of unintended consequences."
--Ambassador William J. Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

"An important and timely book on how the pursuit of regime change in the Middle East since 1953 has been a disaster--with unanticipated consequences. Written by an insider with a masterful understanding of how American foreign policy is made, this is an urgent wake up call to get out of the habit of believing that there are cheap and easy ways to fix the complicated issues that the region poses."
--Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, former senior CIA and National Security Council official, and author of Beirut 1958: How America's Wars in the Middle East Began

Any advocate of replacing an irritating foreign government with one that is more congenial should read Philip Gordon's incisive and salutary account of those cases where it has been tried in the past and invariably gone badly wrong'
--Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London, and author of A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East

Praise for Allies at War:

In Allies at War, Phil Gordon and Jeremy Shapiro do a masterful job dissecting the recent rift between the U.S. and Europe over Iraq. More important, theirs is a timely demonstration that a new transatlantic compact is both possible and necessary for our common security.
--Joseph R. Biden, Jr

An invaluable and lucid account of the present transatlantic crisis; and a compelling plea for putting that crisis behind us.
--Robert Kagan, Author, Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order

A deservedly scathing indictment of an arrogantly unilateral policy and a sensible plea for an urgent strategic readjustment.
--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former National Security Adviser

Allies at War is a superb but unsettling account of how the most successful alliance in history almost came apart over Iraq. The Americans and the Europeans have much to learn from this meticulously even-handed account of a crisis both sides badly mishandled.
--John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University

This is a great book, likely to become the definitive account of this period.
--Charles Grant, Director, Center for European Reform