U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy Mistakes, Stephen G. Walker and Akan Malici; Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security

Author
Robert Jervis
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
127
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2012
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
If perfect policies and complete foresight are beyond us, perhaps we can at least minimize mistakes and reduce uncertainty. These are the objectives of the two books under review. Of course this is not new, and the fact—if it is a fact—that things have not gotten much better might lead us to wonder if even these somewhat-modest objectives can be reached. General Carl Von Clausewitz's comment may still apply: “We know more, but this makes us more, not less uncertain.”
Political Geography
United States