Books

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

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

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

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.

See more in Conflict Prevention

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

Digital Dragon

Author: Adam Segal

Can China become a true global economic power? That depends on the evolution of the Chinese high-technology sector. The industry's success or failure will determine whether China becomes a modern economy or simply a large one, argues CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal in the first detailed look at a major institutional experiment with high-tech endeavors in China.

See more in China; Technology and Foreign Policy

Globalization: Challenge and Opportunity (Foreign Affairs Books)

What exactly is globalization, and should its effects be cheered or jeered? How have developing countries fared under globalization's new dispensation, and what if anything can be done to help them prosper? How are states and firms reacting to the new pressures placed on them? Should the international economic architecture be reformed in response?

See more in Global; Globalization

The War on Terror (Foreign Affairs Books)

With the Cold War won and the economy booming, the United States relaxed during the 1990s, letting go of the tension it had sustained for decades. All that changed on September 11, 2001. The nation awoke to find itself at war. But it was a strange kind of war, one without front lines, fought in the shadows against an elusive enemy, by a country lacking a clear sense of where it would lead or how it would end.

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Arabs at War

Author: Kenneth M. Pollack

An insightful overview of the modern Arab approach to warfare, providing a comprehensive understanding of the military capabilities and limitations of the Arab states, some of which are the United States' most important allies, while others may likely be future adversaries.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Wars and Warfare

The Ideas That Conquered the World

Author: Michael Mandelbaum

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, three ideas dominate the world: peace as the preferred basis for relations between countries, democracy as the optimal way to organize political life, and free markets as the indispensable vehicle for the creation of wealth. While not practiced everywhere, these ideas have—for the first time in history—no serious rivals as methods for organizing the world's politics, economics, and international relations.

See more in Global; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

Toward an Understanding of Russia

Authors: Janusz Bugajski and Marek Michalewski

If Russia veers toward instability or a more severe dictatorship under President Vladimir Putin, the threat to its neighbors could be severe. Such a scenario would also present serious challenges for European integration and derail the process of Russian rapprochement with the United States.

See more in Russian Federation; Democratization

Inside the Cuban Revolution

Author: Julia E. Sweig

Council Senior Fellow Julia Sweig shatters the mythology surrounding the Cuban Revolution in a compelling revisionist history that reconsiders the roles of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and restores, to a central position, the leadership of the Cuban urban underground, the Llano.

See more in Cuba; Politics and Strategy

The Price of Indifference

Author: Arthur C. Helton

Refugee policy has not kept pace with new realities in international and humanitarian affairs. Recent policy failures have resulted in instability, terrible hardships, and massive losses of life. In this seminal book, Senior Fellow Arthur Helton systematically analyzes refugee policy responses over the past decade and calls for specific reforms to make policy more proactive and comprehensive.

See more in Global; Humanitarian Intervention; Refugees and the Displaced