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The second Bush presidency: Global perspectives

Edited by: Amit Gupta and Cherian Samuel Publication: Pearson-Longman ISBN: 81-7758-795-1 Price: Rs 499 Pages: 212

india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 17:26 IST

The verdict of the 2004 US presidential elections put to rest the hopes of many governments around the world that there would be a change of guard in the White House.

These governments would have preferred a United States that was more willing to listen to their concerns and less intent on taking the unilateralist path, as the Bush Administration did even before 9/11.

Though most countries backed the US after the attacks of 9/11, and supported its actions in Afghanistan, subsequent American actions in Iraq and elsewhere, again taken unilaterally, indicate that the US is taking on the avatar of a global hegemon, intent on using its power to further its national interests.

The Editors

Amit Gupta got his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-champaign and has specialised in International Security, US National Security Policy, and South Asian affairs. He currently teaches at the Department of Internal Security, the United States Air Force War College in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the author of Building an Arsenal (Praeger, 1997) and co-editor with Raju GC Thomas of India's Nuclear Security (Lynne Rienner, 2000). His writings have appeared in Orbis, Asian Survey, Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, and the International Journal of the History of Sport. He is currently working on a project to make a comparative assessment of French and Indian foreign policies.

Cherian Samuel holds a PhD from the Centre for American and West European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. As a Research Fellow in the ORF US Studies Programme, he edited the weekly ORF US Monitor. He specialises in Indo-US relations, US domestic policy and the Indian diaspora in the United States.

This presents some difficult choices for governments around the world.

The book compiles nine national perspectives on what a second Bush term means for the world.

Taken on one yardstick, five of the countries chosen (including the US) are members of the Security Council; using another, four are members of the BRIC quartet, emerging economies whose potential is such that they are expected to dominate the world economy in the years to come.

All these countries have a difficult job of fashioning their foreign policy responses to the US while keeping in view their own national objectives as well as a host of other factors.

In this volume are nine perspectives, each operating within the context of a separate country, on what a second Bush term portends.

The contributors analyse not only the tangible factors involved but also the various intangibles -- the personal equations the leaders of these countries have with their American counterparts as well as domestic equations within the United States.

Contextually focused and yet global in scope, this volume comprises the following works:

• An Exciting Second Innings? The Second Bush Administration and India by Amit Gupta

• Duet with the Dragon: The Development of Sino-US Relations; The Chinese Angle by Liu Xuecheng

• Towards Real World Leadership: George W Bush's Possible Legacy; A View from Russia by Tatiana A Shakleina

• A Special Relationship: Bridging the Europe-America Divide; A British View by Alan P Dobson

• Old Enmities or New Beginnings? After George W Bush's Re-election; Through the French Window by Celia Belin

• Faith in Foreign Policy: George W Bush's Transatlantic Relations; A German Perspective by Josef Braml

• What Next? American Foreign Policy and the 2004 US Elections; An American Viewpoint by Daniel Sneider

• Adjusting America: Expectations and Strategies for the Second Bush Presidency; A Next-door Neighbour's View by John Kirton

• Dubya and Lula: Autonomy Through Global Concert; Brazil arid the Second Bush Administration by Gilberto Marcos Antonio Rodrigues