As National Security Advisor to President Gerald Ford, advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and as National Security Advisor to President George H. W. Bush, Brent Scowcroft was at the center of the ongoing debate over how to shape American foreign policy in the post-war world. As David F. Schmitz makes clear in his new biography, Scowcroft was a realist in his outlook on American foreign policy and an heir to the Cold War internationalism that had shaped that policy since 1945. The type of bi-partisan cooperation and internationalism that marked the pre-Vietnam War years served as Scowcroft's guide to how to defend American interests and promote U.S. values and institutions globally. While not always successful, Scowcroft provided a consistent internationalist voice in the midst of change.
David F. Schmitz is the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman College and the author, most recently, of The Triumph of Internationalism: Franklin D. Roosevelt and a World in Crisis.
Introduction: Internationalism and Post-Vietnam Foreign Policy Chapter 1: Accidental Policymaker Chapter 2: Constructing a Post-Vietnam War Foreign Policy Chapter 3: Internationalism Under Fire Chapter 4: Internationalism Triumphant: The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the End of the Cold War Chapter 5: The Gulf War and the New World Order Chapter 6: Elder Statesman