From China's economic and cyber war on the United States to Islamist victories across the Middle East to the lengthening shadow cast by Iran, the Washington establishment as led by presidents of both parties has consistently failed to neutralise such dangers, but they are drawing nearer.
Hazardous isolationism, meanwhile, has re-emerged in some quarters after two badly managed wars.
Christian Whiton, a prolific writer and TV commentator on national security who saw firsthand the successes and failures of statecraft in the George W.
Bush administration, offers new solutions to the foreign threats America faces today.
Smart Power describes the practice of modern political warfare-the real smart power-and spotlights the neglected instruments of national power that lie between diplomacy and outright war. Neither liberal nor realist nor neoconservative, Whiton's approach is based on principles applied by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman, among others.
Arguing that Americans must reject the false choice between statecraft and armed conflict, Whiton explains that successful foreign policy should utilise all the tools at Americans'disposal short of war in seeking to influence political outcomes in nations and regions of geopolitical strategic importance to the United States.