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The pivotal states : a new framework for U.S. policy in the developing world
Chase, Robert.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W. W. Norton, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 445 pages : map ; 24 cm
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Since 1945, American foreign policy has enjoyed a record of overall success when dealing with friends of foes among the great powers. But the American record is mixed in handling the rest - the many nations that are not allies, enemies or rogue states. For most of this period the Cold War set the framework for US relations with these countries. But now there is no framework, and except for occasional humanitarian interventions and trade initiatives, no real policy.

Author Notes

Born at the very end of World War II in Northeast England, Paul Kennedy was the first in his family to go to a university college. After receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy at Oxford University, Kennedy came to the United States to work in Washington in the National Archives. A J. Richardson Professor of History at Yale University since 1983, Kennedy is also the author of numerous important books. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers has enjoyed wide acclaim and great success as a best-seller, and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century covers the themes of lectures that Kennedy took part in at Yale University since the mid-1980s.

Kennedy's teaching and research are influenced by his knowledge of global trends. Recognizing Kennedy's activity in community service and his wisdom and expertise, the Secretary General of the United Nations invited him to co-direct a working group on the future of the United Nations for the 50th anniversary of the UN General Assembly.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

A few superpowers and a few rogue states will continue to occupy the attention of policymakers in Washington. The remaining 140 developing countries are less clearly ordered in priority. Addressing this issue, the editors‘professors of international studies at Yale and Johns Hopkins‘have chosen nine countries as "pivotal states" requiring a higher priority than other developing countries because they are both large emerging markets and regionally influential to other developing countries. Together these states‘Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey‘comprise a third of the world's population. In addition, several are shown to be at turning points in their own development. Chapters on each of the nine describe both their internal situation and external influences and include recommended U.S. policy. Later chapters are devoted to themes affecting all of these countries: population, migration, environment, human rights, ethnic conflict, and trade. Uneven (especially on ethnic conflict) but useful for specialized collections.‘Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.