New Horizons in Leadership Studies series
It is almost impossible to think about international affairs without invoking the major figures involved and their distinguishing character traits. How else can the Sicilian Expedition (AD 415–413) be understood, its audacious planning and catastrophic failure, if not seen as the product of Alcibiades’ daring and Nicias’ paralyzing caution? Can we make sense of the onset of World War II without considering Hitler’s imperial ambition? Or understand its final resolution without summing his strategic blunders, or Churchill’s steadfast resolve and prudence? Are both Gulf Wars fathomable without Saddam Hussein’s lust for regional dominance and overestimations of his strength? Could a ‘Bush Doctrine’ have emerged in the aftermath of a Gore administration’s 9/11? In this book I explore what has become a neglected topic in the contemporary study of international politics: the role of statesmanship. Prevailing realist, rational choice, and personality theories of international relations conceive of leadership too narrowly.