Looking Backward and Forward: Policy Issues in the Twenty-first Century [NOOK Book]

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This collection of twenty-five essays written over the past five years by international economic policy expert Charles Wolf Jr. covers a range of worldwide economic, political, security, and diplomatic issues. Wolf looks at the challenges facing the United States at home and around the globe including critical issues regarding China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Iraq, and other key locales. Throughout the book, the author offers his often-controversial viewpoints, such as his assertion that "unilateralism" in U.S. ...
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Looking Backward and Forward: Policy Issues in the Twenty-first Century

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Overview

This collection of twenty-five essays written over the past five years by international economic policy expert Charles Wolf Jr. covers a range of worldwide economic, political, security, and diplomatic issues. Wolf looks at the challenges facing the United States at home and around the globe including critical issues regarding China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Iraq, and other key locales. Throughout the book, the author offers his often-controversial viewpoints, such as his assertion that "unilateralism" in U.S. national security policy may sometimes be preferable to multilateralism or that the erroneous expectation that Iraq possessed nuclear weapons does not imply that the intelligence leading to this expectation was flawed. Wolf reexamines each essay in the light of later developments with a "postaudit" comment to address whether the original argument is still valid and relevant compared with when it was first written.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817948733
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2008
  • Series: Hoover Institution Press Publication
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 180
  • File size: 547 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Wolf Jr. is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior economic adviser and corporate fellow in international economics at the RAND Corporation.
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Table of Contents

# Foreward by Newton N. Minow# Preface# PART ONE. CHINA Capitalism, Chinese Style# Foreign Investment Leverages China's Growth# Fault Lines in China's Economic Terrain# China's Currency Dilemma and How to Resolve It# More about the Chinese Currency# Two Major Problems Confronting China: One Hard, the Other Harder# U.S. China Relations: Mostly Partners, Sometimes Rivals # PART TWO. OTHER ASIA Japan's Comfortable Stagnation# Dealing with North Korea: Unilateralism, Bilateralism,or Multilateralism?# Kim Jong-Il's Financial Bind# PART THREE. OTHER REGIONS Europe's Unilateralism May Have a Brighter Side# Absent Weapons Don't Imply Faulty Intelligence# Resolving the UN Dilemma # What if Iraq Had Not Been Invaded# How Sunni Capitalism Can Trump Sunni Insurgency# Signs of Regress and Progress in Russia's Economy# PART FOUR. THE GLOBAL VIEW The Case for Selective Unilateralism# Whether Multilateralism Is Better or Worse than Unilateralism Is, Well, Situation-Dependent# Traditional Allies Are Not Permanent Allies# The Principal Global Imbalance Lies Elsewhere# PART FIVE. THE UNITED STATES Doomsday for the Doomsayers?# The Mythology Surrounding Energy Security# Efficient Equity Markets Require Smarter Investors# Public Diplomacy: How to Think about and Improve It (coauthored with Brian Rosen)# Liberals and Conservatives: Who's What and Where?# About the Author# Index
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