Book Shaper nations : strategies for a changing world / edited by William I. Hitchcock, Melvyn P. Leffler, Jeffrey W. Legro.
Associated Name: Hitchcock, William I., editor.
Associated Name: Leffler, Melvyn P., 1945- editor.
Associated Name: Legro, Jeffrey, editor.
Publication year: 2016.
Call Number JZ1313 .S534 2016
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674660212 0674660218
Extent: vi, 218 pages ; 24 cm
"Shaper Nations provides illuminating perspectives on the national strategies of eight emerging and established countries that are shaping global politics at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The volume's authors offer a unique viewpoint: they live and work primarily in the country about which they write, bringing an insider's feel for national debates and politics. The conventional wisdom on national strategy suggests that these states have clear central authority, coherently connect means to ends, and focus on their geopolitical environment. These essays suggest a different conclusion. In seven key countries -- Brazil, China, Germany, India, Israel, Russia, and Turkey -- strategy is dominated by nonstate threats, domestic politics, the distorting effect of history and national identity, economic development concerns, and the sheer difficulty, in the face of many powerful internal and external constraints, of pursuing an effective national strategy. The shapers represent a new trend in the international arena with important consequences. Among them is a more uncertain world in which countries concentrate on their own development rather than on shared problems that might divert precious resources, and attend more to regional than to global order. In responding to these shaper states, the United States must understand the sources of their national strategies in determining its own role on the global stage" -- Provided by publisher.
Introduction : making national strategy in the twenty-first century / William I. Hitchcock -- Brazil: shadows of the past and contested ambitions / Matias Spektor -- China: security dilemma and "win win" / Men Honghua -- Germany: between power and responsibility / Constanze Stelzenmüller -- India: modernization in a safe neighborhood / Srinath Raghavan -- Israel: strategic vision adrift / Ariel E. Levite -- Russia: geopolitics and identity / Fyodor Lukyanov -- Turkey: populism and geography / Yaprak Gürsoy -- United States: grappling with rising powers / James B. Steinberg -- Conclusion : The world they will make / Jeffrey W. Legro.