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America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership

America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership

Robin Niblett (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39155-8

Oct 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

296 pages

$28.99

Description

Looking 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

Introduction 1
Robin Niblett

Part I Deepening Regionalism and the US Response

1 Latin America: forging partnerships in a transformed region 15
Victor Bulmer-Thomas

2 The Middle East: changing from external arbiter to regional player 30
Claire Spencer

3 Sub-Saharan Africa: providing strategic vision or fire-fighting? 49
Alex Vines and Tom Cargill

4 East Asia: searching for consistency 71
John Swenson-Wright

5 South Asia: navigating minefields 89
Gareth Price

6 Central Asia: responding to the multi-vectoring game 109
Annette Bohr

7 The South Caucasus: drama on three stages 125
James Nixey

Part II Partners and Competitors

8 China: between global responsibilities and internal transitions 145
Kerry Brown

9 Russia: managing contradictions 162
James Sherr

10 Europe: transatlantic relations still drifting 185
Robin Niblett

Part III Global Challenges

11 International law and the United Nations: a new era of US engagement 205
Devika Hovell

12 Arms control tomorrow: the challenge of nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century 223
Paul Cornish

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
Paola Subacchi

Index 275

"Niblett manages to assemble a book that is surprisingly cohesive despite its vast scope . . . the immediacy, though, gives the book a journalistic quality." (The International Spectator, 2010)

 

  • 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)