• Amitav Acharya
    Polity, Cambridge UK, 2014
    ISBN: 0745672485

    The United States remains a major force in world affairs, but can no longer call the shots on shaping world order. Emerging powers, regional forces, multinational corporations and others have their own ideas for a world order, explains Amitav Acharya in “The End of American World Order.” In this excerpt, Acharya explains why hegemonic regionalism or collective security arrangements like NATO are resisted by the developing world. He describes three broad styles of how emerging powers engage with neighbors and suggests that “one of the key...

  • Philippe Legrain
    CB Books, London, 2014

    Uncertainty paralyzes an economy. When politicians argue endlessly about budgets and the high costs of social benefits, families stop spending. Over the course of decades, as evidence mounts on climate change and governments struggle to develop regulations, corporations lack goals for future innovation.  Society lumbers on in unsustainable ways.  “Sometimes economies need to adjust in conditions of radical uncertainty,” argues Philippe Legrain, former independent economic adviser to the president of the European Commission, in his book...

  • Jagdish Bhagwati, Arvind Panagariya
    PublicAffairs, 2013
    ISBN: 9781610392716

    In its history since Independence, India has seen widely different economic experiments: from Jawharlal Nehru’s pragmatism to the rigid state socialism of Indira Gandhi to the brisk liberalization of the 1990s. So which strategy best addresses India’s greatest moral challenge: lifting a great number of extremely poor people out of poverty?  Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya argue  that the only strategy that will help the poor is economic growth. Their radical message has huge consequences for economists, development NGOs and anti-...

  • Dilip Hiro
    Olive Branch Press, 2013
    ISBN: 978-1-56656-904-0

    Author and journalist Dilip Hiro outlines the complex history, politics, religions and issues of the Middle East in a simple dictionary format, 750 pages in length. The reference book details country profiles, resources, wars, treaties and more. The section on Arab Spring, for example, is organized by most countries in the region yet also offers analysis on multiple pressures and the many intricate connections for each, including internal political forces and foreign relations at all levels.  

  • David Shambaugh
    Oxford University Press, 2013
    ISBN: 0199860149

    China is a fast-rising power, but there are many forms that global influence can take, ranging from hard forms that focus on international security to soft forms that emphasize amenable trade, culture, education, innovation and more. With the world’s largest population and strong economic growth, the country is formidable. In modernizing, China has pursued power in its many dimensions, yet except for a few areas still absorbs more influence than releasing it, and hence the subtitle for David Shambaugh’s book to be published in February 2013...

  • Orville Schell and John Delury
    Random House, 2013
    ISBN: 978-0-679-64347-0

    Contentment and stability go hand in hand. The Chinese people will sacrifice much if their leaders ensure steady jobs, security, and growing potential for prosperity and national respect. Despite great progress in recent years, the Chinese – and and their leaders – are lacking in self-confidence, suggests Orville Schell and John Delury in their book Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century. Economic and social crises can instigate or block individual and collective achievements.This excerpt details the longtime quest...

  • Kishore Mahbubani
    PublicAffairs Books, 2013

    The world is slowly eliminating poverty and seeing a rising middle class, which along with education and technology, brings an unprecedented convergence of interests, cultures and standards. Kishore Mahbubani is the dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, and in his book he urges countries to abandon inefficient national policies and agree on a fair system of global governance with rule of law. As he notes in the conclusion to his book, the global information revolution exposes hypocrisy and lack of fairness. Institutions that...

  • Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor
    PublicAffairs, 2013
    ISBN: 978-1-61039-209-9

    The United States invests more in its health care system, spending $8000 per capita in 2011, and yet achieves less satisfactory outcomes than many other industrialized nations and some small developing nations, too. Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor delve into the many reasons – and values – behind the contradiction in their book The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less. When investment in social services is considered, US expenditures appear more moderate, and another finding is that increased...

  • Elizabeth Becker
    Simon & Schuster, 2013
    ISBN: 978-1439160992

    Since the middle of the 1990s, international tourism has taken a great leap, the number reaching one billion in 2012. Elizabeth Becker, a veteran reporter who covered the Indochina War for The Washington Post and later became a correspondent for The New York Times, explores how this “invisible” tourist industry exploded. From eco-tourism to medical tourism, backpacking to mega cruise liner visits, the tourist industry has transformed the travel scene, bringing revenues, creating jobs and at the same destroying nature and traditional...

  • Dilip Hiro
    Yale University Press, 2012
    ISBN: 0300173784

    South Asia, a focal point of deep-rooted religious and political tensions, has a complex history that remains relevant for regional stability and US foreign policy. Dilip Hiro, author of more than 30 books and expert in South Asian, Central Asian, Islamic and Middle Eastern affairs, explores the rise of the jihadist movement from Afghanistan in 1980 to the present in this first complete history of Islamist terrorism in South Asia. This book covers the historic links between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, warning that the Line of Control...