On November 13, 2008, CNAS hosted an evening discussion and reception featuring an important new book by Kurt M. Campbell and James B. Steinberg. Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power is a bipartisan guide for incoming presidents and their foreign policy teams who seek to survive the landmines and booby traps that await them.
In Difficult Transitions, the authors show how factors such as campaign promises, personnel issues, and a president’s developing relationship with Congress all present serious challenges to early establishment of effective foreign policy.
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