Books

Foreign policy analyses written by CFR fellows and published by trade presses, academic presses, or the Council on Foreign Relations Press.

Understanding the War on Terror (Foreign Affairs Books)

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States awoke to find itself at war. If that much was clear, many other things were not—including the identity and nature of the enemy, the location of the battleground, and the strategy and tactics necessary for victory.

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Unsilencing the Past

Author: David L. Phillips

The Turkish-Armenian Conflict has lasted for nearly a century and still continues in attenuated forms to poison the relationship between Turks and Armenians. Contact was taboo before the author brought the two sides together to explore ways of overcoming their historical enmity.

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The Democracy Advantage

Authors: Morton H. Halperin, Michael M. Weinstein, and Joe Siegle

For decades, policies pursued by the United States and other industrialized nations toward the developing world have been based on a secret kept among policy experts: democracy and development don't mix. Turning this long-held view on its head, The Democracy Advantage makes a bold case that they do.

See more in Global; Economic Development; Democratization

Bailouts or Bail-ins?

Authors: Brad W. Setser and Nouriel Roubini

In Bailouts or Bail-Ins, New York University's Nouriel Roubini and former Council International Affairs Fellow Brad Setser argue that the tools needed to respond to a wide range of crises already exist, and the core challenge facing the G7 and the IMF is to do a better job of matching existing tools to different types of crises.

See more in Global; Financial Crises; International Finance

International Economic and Financial Cooperation

Authors: Peter B. Kenen, Jeffrey R. Shafer, Nigel Wicks, and Charles Wyplosz

Written by a group that combines extensive practical experience and analytical sharpness, the sixth title in the Geneva Reports on the World Economy series presents an overview of how cooperation has evolved, identifies its current limitations, and advances a number of proposals.

See more in International Organizations and Alliances; International Finance; Global

America the Vulnerable

Author: Stephen E. Flynn

Three years after September 11, the United States is still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to another attack on its soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footing at home. But despite the many new security precautions that have been proposed, America's most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed.

See more in United States; Homeland Security; Preparedness

Power, Terror, Peace, and War

Author: Walter Russell Mead

In Power, Terror, Peace, and War, Mead—one of the most original writers on U.S. foreign policy—provides a fascinating and timely account of the Bush administration's foreign policy and its current grand strategy for the world.

See more in United States; Grand Strategy; Terrorism

The River Runs Black

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

Selected by the Globalist as one of the top ten books of 2004, The River Runs Black is the most comprehensive and balanced volume to date on China's growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country's development.

See more in Pollution; China

East Asian Economic Regionalism

Author: Edward J. Lincoln

Edward J. Lincoln takes up critical questions concerning the East Asian economy in this timely and important book and explores what is happening to regional trade and investment flows and explains what sort of regional arrangements would be the most attractive for the United States, and for the world economy.

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In Defense of Globalization

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati

An internationally renowned economist, Jagdish Bhagwati takes conventional wisdom—that globalization is the cause of several social ills—and turns it on its head. Properly regulated, globalization, he says, is the most powerful force for social good in the world.

See more in Globalization; Global

Free Trade Today

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati

In Free Trade Today, Dr. Bhagwati applies critical insights from revolutionary developments in commercial policy theory to show how the pursuit of social and environmental agendas can be creatively reconciled with the pursuit of free trade.

See more in Global; Globalization; Trade

Naked Tropics

Author: Kenneth R. Maxwell

Distinguished historian Kenneth Maxwell, Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for inter-American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, collects some of his most significant writings, concerning a variety of fields.

See more in Latin America and the Caribbean

Support Any Friend

Author: Warren Bass

Senior Fellow Warren Bass offers striking new insights into the origins of today's Middle East and illuminates three of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century and their diplomatic struggles at the height of the Cold War: David Ben-Gurion; Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser; and the young and dynamic John F. Kennedy.

See more in History and Theory of International Relations

The Bridge to a Global Middle Class

A thought-provoking retrospective that culls the views of economists, international financial institutions, Wall Street, organized labor, and various public-interest organizations on how to fortify the U.S. global financial infrastructure. The effort is the culmination of an eighteen-month study that sought to encourage the evolution of middle-class-oriented economic development in emerging-market countries.

See more in United States; Economic Development; Emerging Markets

Opening NATO's Door

Author: Ronald D. Asmus

CFR Fellow Ronald Asmus, who as a former adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was one of the architects of NATO enlargement, draws on State Department classified archives to answer questions concerning the history and development of NATO.

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Blood on the Doorstep

Author: Barnett R. Rubin

Barnett R. Rubin concludes that preventive action should be a much higher priority for the United States, other governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) than it currently is.

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The End of the American Era

Author: Charles A. Kupchan

At a time when American primacy appears to be stronger than ever, Council Fellow and Georgetown Professor Charles Kupchan argues that the end of Pax Americana is near. What will replace American supremacy, and how American leaders should prepare for this new era, are the central questions of this provocative new book.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy