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A Brief History of the Future: The United States in a Changing World Order

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813316208
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 156

Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Introduction 1
2 The Forecast 7
The Forces Shaping the Future 9
What Happened 10
What's Ahead? 15
1993-1994 16
1995-1996 17
3 The Impact of the Idea of Freedom 25
Freedom and Upheaval 27
Empowerment 30
The Fall of Soviet Communism 33
The Movement of People and Ideas 35
Democratization and American International Interests 38
4 The Real Revolution: Communications and Other Technologies of Freedom 43
The Dark Side of the Information and Communications Revolution 46
Technology and Governance 48
Technology and Political Change 51
What's Ahead? 52
Technology and Tomorrow's Freedoms 58
5 Prospects for Regional Integration and Conflict Resolution 61
The Role of Trade in Shaping International Relations 62
The Political Momentum Behind Integration 63
Present Obstacles 65
The Future Appeal of Integration 68
Challenges for the United States 72
6 The Obsolescence of War 77
The End of All That? 78
The Declining Appeal of Force 82
Does Free Trade Imply More Arms Trade? 84
Implications for the Emerging World Order 88
7 Circa 2000 91
World Politics Around 2000 92
Ideas and Their Consequences 97
Religious Revival and Reflection 102
Who Will Be Leaders? 106
8 Conclusions 109
The Central Role of Education 110
The American Response to Change 112
The Importance of Vision 114
Implications for American Foreign Policy 117
The Future Beyond Us 126
And the Future Within Us 128
Appendix: What Happened, 1981-1990 131
Recommended Readings 143
About the Book and Author 147
Index 149
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