George Packer is a staff writer for The Atlantic and the author of Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century. He has published five other works of non-fiction, including The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2013, as well as two novels and a play.
Big IdeaDiplomacy is always dissatisfying. It’s by definition about compromise, about starting with high demands and maximalist objectives, and then figuring out where you’re willing to settle, because you will have to settle unless you’re ready to go to warGeorge Packer
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