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Doing Nothing: Sometimes, the Best Foreign Policy?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/07/12/Frank_Gavin_Five_Ways_to_Use_History_Well

Historian Frank Gavin uses Lyndon Johnson’s response to the Chinese nuclear program in 1964 as an example of how a policy of doing nothing is sometimes the wisest move. He wonders if a similar tactic with Iran would “change the political calculus of Tehran.”

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Historian Francis J. Gavin uses lessons from our recent history to suggest strategic policy decisions that counter-balance alarmist speculation about international security issues, such as nuclear proliferation. – The Long Now Foundation

Frank Gavin is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the first Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stewart Brand is a co-founder and managing director of Global Business Network, founded and runs the GBN Book Club, and is the president of The Long Now Foundation.

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