By Daniel Rondeau

"Le destin m'a jeté dans une carrière qui n'était pas los angeles mienne. Accroché au rocher maltais par mes lettres de créance, ouvrier de l. a. diplomatie française sur une île perdue au milieu des eaux et du temps, j'ai vu tourner les saisons, et fleurir trois fois les orangers. Il y a longtemps que j'attendais d'avoir ma chaise au ceremonial dinner méditerranéen. Jusqu'alors je n'étais qu'un oiseau de passage. Malte a tenu ses promesses. J'ai été accueilli, d'une certaine façon délivré, admis dans l. a. self belief d'une vieille civilisation."

Daniel Rondeau raconte ce will pay qu'il a vécu : Malte l. a. généreuse (Malta Hanina), l. a. catholique, los angeles sémitique, nombril de l. a. mer entre Sicile et Libye, entre Orient et Occident. Mais il parle aussi de los angeles France, de l'Europe tentée par l'oubli, de sa vie d'écrivain. Jamais il n'a taillé autant de facettes pour faire un portrait. 

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The organizational process and agenda-setting models could provide this, but do not because of their foci, the first on standard operating procedures and the narrower ideology of departments, and the second on the adversarial talents of different policy entrepreneurs. The bureaucratic politics model does not attempt to do this, nor does the incremental model. The rational actor model denies that ideologies or para-ideologies are influential. 95 Like state interests, governmental rhetoric is increasingly influenced by ideas and discourse emerging from a global society of states, organizations, corporations, and multiplyaligned elites in different modes of competition and dialogue.

23 Morality flowed from the pursuit of the national interest not some abstract need for ideological dominance or conversion, Morgenthau maintained. But the Realist critique had itself a Jeremiadic tone. It was part, Morgenthau stated in 1952, of a struggle over `the nature of all politics and [. 24 Realism was a revealed religious mystery, `not conducive to understanding', he stated, especially by those who rejected the truth and remained aligned with idealist superstition. 26 However, exaggerating the supremacy of this aspect of American exceptionalism would undervalue an important consistency in the idea as it was applied to US foreign relations in this period.

But, hitting on a key temptation, in the short term they still anticipated a reinvention of the Soviet threat. 73 One Newsweek columnist observed that the Cold War's end was linked to an imminent identity crisis and ambivalence about this shift transcended partisanship. 74 Is the shining city in decline? The `city on a hill' was in peril in the declinist texts of the late 1980s and early 1990s such as Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and Walter Russell Mead's Mortal Splendor and `On the Road to Ruin.

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