World Crisis: The Way Forward After Iraq

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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: 8/4/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 5.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Towards a Safer World Geoffrey Howe Howe, Geoffrey

Introduction The World Century Robert Harvey Harvey, Robert 1

1 Reclaiming the Values of the United States Jimmy Carter Carter, Jimmy 27

2 The Post-Westphalian World Henry A. Kissinger Kissinger, Henry A. 43

3 Protecting the Golden Moment George P. Shultz Shultz, George P. Harry Rowen Rowen, Harry 57

4 British Foreign Policy: the Folly of Iraq Geoffrey Howe Howe, Geoffrey 65

5 Doing Our Fighting Men and Women Justice Michael Heseltine Heseltine, Michael 75

6 Uniting Our Enemies and Dividing Our Friends Zbigniew Brzezinski Brzezinski, Zbigniew 89

7 Traditionalists vs Transformationists Brent Scoweroft Scoweroft, Brent 103

8 The United States Cannot Stand Alone Frank Carlucci Carlucci, Frank 115

9 The Bridge of Dreams David Howell Howell, David 119

10 Forging Nuclear Warheads into Lightbulbs Sam Nunn Nunn, Sam 135

11 The Challenge of Energy Security Dick G. Lugar Lugar, Dick G. 147

12 Who Will Do Foreign Policy? John Coles Coles, John 157

13 National Security in the Age of Terrorism Chas W. Freeman, Jr. Freeman, Chas W., Jr. 169

14 The New 'Great Power' Politics Michael Howard Howard, Michael 181

15 Democracy in the Middle East Mark Allen Allen, Mark 189

16 A Twenty-First-Century Energy Policy Branko Terzic Terzic, Branko 199

17 The New Middle Ages Simon Jenkins Jenkins, Simon 211

18 Global Warming: It's China (and India) as well as the United States Simon Scott Plummer Plummer, Simon Scott 219

19 The Challenge of the Twenty-First Century Robert Harvey Harvey, Robert 227

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