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World Crisis: The Way Forward After Iraq
     

World Crisis: The Way Forward After Iraq

by Geoffrey Howe (Foreword by)
 

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With no end to the War on Terror in sight, how do we plan for the future? Many recent books address facets of the "world crisis" of today—international relations, energy, poverty, and, of course, the Iraq War and Middle Eastern reconstruction—but they do not engage with the entire post-Iraq situation faced by the West, nor do they give suggestions for

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With no end to the War on Terror in sight, how do we plan for the future? Many recent books address facets of the "world crisis" of today—international relations, energy, poverty, and, of course, the Iraq War and Middle Eastern reconstruction—but they do not engage with the entire post-Iraq situation faced by the West, nor do they give suggestions for moving forward. The World Crisis, with essays by statesmen and thinkers from Jimmy Carter to Henry Kissinger, is a broad treatment of a massive set of problems. Nineteen "wise men" of immense experience in global politics (Nunn and Lugar, Freeman and Brzezinski, Heseltine and Carlucci, and more) tell us what to do next after the debacles of Western intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan have tested our faith in government. The essays in this book address the war, nuclear non-proliferation, Western dependence on Middle Eastern oil, global warming and the environment, humanitarian crises, inequality of wealth, Israel and Palestine, and emergent powers. The World Crisis is non-partisan; what unites these writers is that their eyes are open. In an election year, when the crucial issue dividing (or is it uniting?) the electorate is Iraq, clear vision is more important than ever.

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Publishers Weekly

This anthology compiles the opinions of 20 British and American senior statesmen on how best to move toward a safer and more stable world, drawing upon contributors from across the political spectrum including Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, military historian Sir Michael Howard, Michael Heseltine of the U.K. Conservative Party and journalist Simon Jenkins. Their shared consensus is that George Bush and Tony Blair legitimized unprovoked wars, departed from previous constraints and risked turning the West into international villains. Specific recommendations (and contrasting opinions) on everything from national security to global warming abound: Zbigniew Brzezinski optimistically asserts that when the U.S. and Europe are united, there is "literally nothing" they cannot do; while Simon Jenkins uses Afghanistan as a case study to condemn "liberal interventionism" root and branch. The kaleidoscopic essays illustrate editor Harvey's claim that the world is entering a new era, but how best to address this situation is anybody's guess. The attitudes and institutions of the post-WWII world may be ill-suited to the challenges of rogue states, terrorists, human rights violators and global warmers, but Harvey's best and brightest offer no more than discordant notes played on uncertain trumpets. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602393431
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 5.10(d)

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