Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy: Reforming the Structure and Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy, by John Lenczowski, offers a solution to one of the greatest weaknesses in US foreign policy that has exacerbated the unprecedented anti-Americanism of recent years–the US government’s inability to conduct the “full spectrum” of diplomatic arts and integrate them with the other arts of statecraft at the level of grand strategy.
The analysis presents a critique of how the Department of State’s focus on traditional, government-to-government diplomacy comes at the expense of public diplomacy. “Public diplomacy” is defined in the broadest sense as including all those arts that involve relations with, and influence over, foreign publics and opinion leaders, including cultural diplomacy, exchanges, information policy, strategic communications, psychological strategy, political action, political warfare, and wars of ideas.
Author John Lenczowski, one of the first modern advocates for the strategic integration of all the instruments of national power, calls for the development of an “influence culture” in US foreign policy, and provides a roadmap for reforming the structure and culture of American diplomacy. While addressing contemporary US foreign policy, this study presents lessons in statecraft and grand strategy that are applicable for all times and places. Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy thus raises issues that are relevant to only to diplomats but also to practitioners of intelligence, counterintelligence, military strategy, and economic statecraft.
“Dr. John Lenczowski brings the full force of a distinguished career in foreign policy and academia to the vitally important issues of American diplomacy in our troubled era. With the keen eye of both a practitioner and a grand strategist, he shows how our lack of appreciation for the influence culture that results from using a wide range of diplomatic tools has hindered American interests. But he goes beyond mere complaints to specific solutions – in areas ranging from public diplomacy to counterintelligence to cultural influence, Dr. Lenczowski shows how America and the world could benefit from an integrated strategy. This is must reading for foreign policy professionals and engaged patriots alike.”
Shelby Coffey III
Trustee, Newseum; Senior Fellow, Freedom Forum
Former President, CNN Business News & CNNfn; Editor, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Times Herald, and U.S. News and World Report
“In the long war of our time – against the Islamists’ terror and their push for the world-wide imposition of shariah – we have so far failed to organize our government to win the crucial battle for mankind’s minds and hearts. John Lenczowski gives us a brilliantly conceived and innovative strategy to win this war just as we won the Cold War. Look out, Muslim Brotherhood – here comes LibForAll.”
The Honorable R. James Woolsey
Chairman, Woolsey Partners LLC; Former Director of Central Intelligence
“John Lenczowski is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. When it comes to public diplomacy he sees government as all talk and no action. In this book he gets under the hood and leaves nothing to the imagination. He’s got the answers and he’s tired of waiting.”
The Honorable Chuck Robb
Former United States Senator (D-VA)
“In this engaging book, John Lenczowski traces our efforts to understand and incorporate the broader uses of public diplomacy into a more effective integrated strategy. He explains our shortcomings in fragmented management and offers concrete suggestions for a more dynamic and effective program for full spectrum diplomacy. This is a must-read for those who care about our future.”
The Honorable William H. Webster
Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council; Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Director of Central Intelligence