DescriptionLooking at a range of themes and regions, this book provides a challenging basis for rethinking America’s international leadership.
- Chatham House experts assess current US policy and the country’s ability to continue to play an international leading role.
- A timely exploration as President Barack Obama attempts to renew America’s global leadership.
- Broad range of contributors including Annette Bohr (Central Asia), Victor Bulmer-Thomas (Latin America), Alex Vines and Tom Cargill (Sub-Saharan Africa), Paul Cornish (Arms control), Paola Subacchi (Economics), Kerry Brown (China) and James Sherr (Russia).
Preface and acknowledgments vii
Notes on contributors ix
Part I Deepening Regionalism and the US Response
1 Latin America: forging partnerships in a transformed region 15
2 The Middle East: changing from external arbiter to regional player 30
3 Sub-Saharan Africa: providing strategic vision or fire-fighting? 49
Alex Vines and Tom Cargill
4 East Asia: searching for consistency 71
5 South Asia: navigating minefields 89
6 Central Asia: responding to the multi-vectoring game 109
7 The South Caucasus: drama on three stages 125
Part II Partners and Competitors
8 China: between global responsibilities and internal transitions 145
9 Russia: managing contradictions 162
10 Europe: transatlantic relations still drifting 185
Part III Global Challenges
11 International law and the United Nations: a new era of US engagement 205
12 Arms control tomorrow: the challenge of nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century 223
13 The United States and climate change: from process to action 238
Bernice Lee and Michael Grubb with Felix Preston and Benjamin Zala
14 The role of the US in the post-crisis economic order 258
- At a time of economic crisis and involvement in two wars, President Barack Obama takes office calling for a renewal of America’s global leadership
- Senior resident and affiliated scholars offer perspectives on the future capacity of the US to influence events beyond its borders
- Chatham House experts assess current US policy and consider the most promising areas for future US influence
- Offers recommendations on how US engagement could have the most beneficial impact on a broad range of countries, regions, and policy areas from climate change and energy security to the reform of international institutions
Broad range of contributors including Annette Bohr (Central Asia), Victor Bulmer-Thomas (Latin America), Alex Vines and Tom Cargill (Sub-Saharan Africa), Paul Cornish (Arms control), Paola Subacchi (Economics), Kerry Brown (China) and James Sherr (Russia)