1 May 2010

Chatham House experts assess current US policy and consider the most promising areas for future US influence.


Dr Robin Niblett CMG

Director, Chatham House


At a time of economic crisis and involvement in two wars, President Barack Obama took office calling for a renewal of America's global leadership. In this book, senior resident and affiliated scholars offer perspectives on the future capacity of the US to influence events beyond its borders.

  • Chatham House experts assess current US policy and consider the most promising areas for future US influence
  • A broad range of authors contribute to chapters that offer recommendations on how US engagement could have the most beneficial impact on a wide range of countries, regions and policy areas from climate change and energy security to the reform of international institutions.
Table of contents:


Part I Deepening Regionalism and the US Response

1. Latin America: forging partnerships in a transformed region - Victor Bulmer-Thomas

2. The Middle East: changing from external arbiter to regional player - Claire Spencer

3. Sub-Saharan Africa: providing strategic vision or fire-fighting? - Tom Cargill and Alex Vines

4. East Asia: searching for consistency - John Swenson-Wright

5. South Asia: navigating minefields - Gareth Price

6. Central Asia: responding to the multi-vectoring game - Annette Bohr

7. The South Caucasus: drama on three stages - James Nixey

Part II Partners and Competitors

8. China: between global responsibilities and internal transitions - Kerry Brown

9. Russia: managing contradictions - James Sherr

10. Europe: transatlantic relations still drifting - Robin Niblett

Part III Global Challenges

11. International law and the United Nations: a new era of US engagement - Devika Hovell

12. Arms control tomorrow: the challenge of nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century - Paul Cornish

13. The United States and climate change: from process to action - Bernice Lee, and Michael Grubb with Felix Preston and Benjamin Zala

14. The role of the US in the post-crisis economic order - Paola Subacchi

About the author

Robin Niblett is the Director of Chatham House. He was previously Executive Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.


'America and a Changed World speaks compellingly to the necessity of an intelligent American foreign policy more attuned to the realities of the twenty-first century.'
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Professor of American foreign policy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter

'At a time of great uncertainty about the future of US global leadership, America and a Changed World offers a series of timely and important insights into the scale of the challenge facing the Obama administration. As such, the book will serve as a very valuable reference point for students of US foreign policy and policy practitioners alike.'
Joschka Fischer, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany

'This wide-ranging collection of probing essays from Chatham House explores the daunting obstacles to the reassertion of American leadership in a changed world. The provisional answers it suggests are as sobering as they are persuasive.'
Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford, and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford

'American leadership of the global order is unavoidable. No other power can step into its shoes, yet. Yet while the world cries out for American leadership, it also cries out for smarter and more sophisticated leadership of a more complex world. This book could not be more timely. It provides wise counsel where it is needed most.'
Kishore Mahbubani - Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore


Date: May 2010

Co-publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Pagination: 296

Hardback price: £50.00, ISBN: 978-1-4051-9844-8

Paperback price: £19.99, ISBN: 978-1-4051-9845-5

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