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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 4, Fall

AMERICAN THEOCRACY: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
AMERICAN THEOCRACY The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century Kevin Phillips New York: Viking Penguin, 2006. 402pp, $26.95 doth (ISBN 0786286938).What a difference an election can make in American politics,...
Another Seat at the Board: Russia's IMF Executive Director
Created in 1944 as part of the postwar strategy to prevent another great depression, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was ideally meant to coordinate financing and technical advice to member countries experiencing economic imbalances. Today, however,...
Canada and India at 60: Moving beyond History?
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the Canada-India relationship is being re-examined in Ottawa with a sense of interest not seen since the early 1950s. After the equivalent of a prolonged diplomatic ice age punctuated by...
Canadian Foreign Policy in a Changing World
CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY IN A CHANGING WORLD John Kirton Toronto: Nelson, 2007. 592pp, $73.95 cloth (ISBN 017625207x).What stands out about John Kirton is his optimistic spirit. In his book, there is no doom-and-gloom image of Canada disappearing from...
CLIO'S WARRIORS: Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars
CLIO'S WARRIORS Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars Tim Cook Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006. 352pp, $29.95 paper (ISBN 0774812575)The discipline of Canadian history owes much to the official history programs run by the Department of National...
Dreaming in Technicolour? India as a BRIC Economy
India is hardly the only country to suffer from having a brilliant future, even a glorious past, but always an unsatisfactory-if not wretched-present. The condition used to be called underdevelopment and, after centuries of capitalism and decades of...
Emergent India: Globalization, Democracy, and Social Justice
Graduate students doing research on India in the 19803 would be told by their professors that if they wanted to be right about India, it was safer to be pessimistic. Not surprisingly, a deep pessimism had permeated the study of India, and scholars and...
General David Petraeus: The Top US Commander in Iraq Won't Leave until the Job Is Done-But Washington Is on a Different Schedule
It's easy to see why David Petraeus was chosen to command US troops in Iraq. He finished first in ranger school, the US army's grueling combat preparation course, and won three top awards in the process. His fortitude has saved him on more than one occasion....
Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Ambition and Political Constraints
In recent years the Canadian government has promoted the concept of an international "responsibility to protect" (R2P) populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other similar politically induced humanitarian catastrophes. This political effort...
INDEPENDENT DIPLOMAT: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite
INDEPENDENT DIPLOMAT Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite Carne Ross London: Hurst, 2007. 25opp, US$25.oo (ISBN 1850658439).In this short, sharp, and highly personal volume former British diplomat Carne Ross excoriates the practice of contemporary...
India's Emergence as a "Responsible" Nuclear Power
In 2005, India and the United States announced a nuclear "deal" that would seek to clarify India's ambiguous status in the nuclear order. The sole superpower appeared to be recognizing India's status as a nuclear-armed state by opening up the possibility...
"Intervening" in the Neighbourhood: Comparing Australia's Role in East Timor and the Southwest Pacific
Australia's position as a western country on the edge of Asia has long attracted comment. Within this broad context, Australia's position adjacent to the third-world situation of the southwest Pacific and eastern Indonesia has been a particular issue...
JUST DUMMIES: Cruise Missile Testing in Canada
JUST DUMMIES Cruise Missile Testing in Canada John Clearwater Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006. 283pp, $34.95 paper (ISBN 1-55238-211-7).The Liberal government's decision in 1983 to allow the US to test cruise missiles in Canada's north produced...
Pakistan and China in Indian Strategic Thought
India's relations with Pakistan and China are central to its grand strategic concerns. These two neighbours of India have fought five wars with itIndia and Pakistan fought in 1948, 1965, 1971, and 1999, India and China in 1962. In addition, India and...
Seriousness, Grand Strategy, and Paradigm Shifts in the "War on Terror"
American foreign policy has long been driven by a quest for a grand strategy that neatly encapsulates the raison d'être of the American raison d'état. In many ways, this aspiration is not unique to the American experience: most diplomats and scholars,...
STATES OF VIOLENCE: Politics, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa
STATES OF VIOLENCE Politics, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa Edna G. Bay and Donald L. Donham, eds. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2006. 268 pp, US$49-50 cloth (ISBN 978-0-8139-2569-1).This interdisciplinary examination...
The IMF: Victim of Its Own Success or Institutional Failure?
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), created at the end of the second World War at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, to manage an international monetary system characterized by fixed exchange rates and heavily restricted international capital flows, now...
THE PRINCE OF THE MARSHES: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
THE PRINCE OF THE MARSHES And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq Rory Stewart Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2006. 464pp, $24.00 paper (ISBN 0151012350).In another era, Rory Stewart would have made the perfect colonial officer: a Scot, born and raised...
The United Nations, Peace and Security
THE UNITED NATIONS, PEACE AND SECURITY Ramesh Thakur Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 388pp, $32.99 cloth (ISBN 0521671256).Very few observers of the United Nations system have written about the organization with as much insight as Ramesh...
The US-India Nuclear Accord: Implications for the Nonproliferation Regime
The US-India nuclear accord of July 2005 and the subsequent Henry Hyde nuclear cooperation act of December 2006 have generated considerable debate among supporters and opponents largely on the basis of its potential implications for the nuclear nonproliferation...
US FOREIGN POLICY SINCE 1945: Second Edition
US FOREIGN POLICY SINCE 1945 Second edition Alan P. Dobson and Steve Marsh London and New York: Routledge, 2006. xviii, 204pp, US$25-95 paper (ISBN 0415360900).Those in quest of a comprehensive and empirically rich treatment of American foreign policy...
WARFARE STATE: Britain, 1920-1970
WARFARE STATE Britain, 1920-1970 David Edgerton Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 304pp, $38.95 paper (ISBN 0521672317).David Edgerton sets out to challenge what he regards as two related myths about 20th-century Britain: that it was a welfare...
When Will India Reach Its Full Potential?
India has always held great economic promise. Its recent economic performance has captured the imagination of policymakers, financial markets, analysts, as well as the general public, and led to bold predictions of even greater things to come. But it...