Book Reviews -- Defining Status: A Comprehensive Analysis of United States Territorial Relations by Arnold H. Leibowitz

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Defining Status: A Comprehensive Analysis of United States Territorial Relations Arnold H. Leibowitz London: Martinus Nijhoff

The United States, along with its role as a major world power economically, possesses territories in the Pacific as well as the Caribbean. It is uncertain whether some of these areas, some hundreds and others thousands of miles from the continental United States, will ever become states. The U.S. made exceptions for two areas not part of the mainland, the admission of Hawaii and Alaska in the 1950s, and Puerto Rico is under serious consideration for statehood.

The position and role of the United States insular areas have growing significance for the U.S. government. Arnold Leibowitz is an attorney who has worked with the governments of most of the U.S. insular areas and brings both scholarship and practical legal experience to this compendium of U. S. insular areas. The title accurately reveals the approach: many of these questions and issues are examined from the perceptive of a lawyer and some chapter section read like legal briefing papers. The book is full of thorough analysis of very complicated policy questions. …