The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 15, 2006 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Locate nations on the J Curve -- left for authoritarian, right for democratic. Then figure out how to force those on the left to open their societies, rather than encouraging them to shut them tighter by further isolating them. The West's isolation of Kim Jong-il's North Korea gives him the cover he needs to extend his brutal regime (the mistake the U.S. made for a long time with Saddam Hussein and Castro); in Saudi Arabia, western governments should encourage manageable change before the country breaks apart; they should help strengthen China's economy so it can further liberalize; they must encourage Israel to decide what kind of country it will be.

Filled with imaginative and surprising examples of how to correct outworn political ideas, The J Curve points the way for western governments to lead the way to a realistic political balance and a healthier economic future.

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User Review  - eoinpurcell - LibraryThing

Excellent book. I reallyed enjoy the style which is more long form magazine piece than heavy academic journal. Worth reading if only to get a clear idea of the challenges posed in moving a closed state to an open and stable position. Maybe a little too down on Iran but all in all a great read. Read full review


The Far Left Side of the J Curve
The Slide Toward Instability
The Depths of the J Curve
The Right Side of the J Curve
Chinas Dilemma

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Ian Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group, the world's largest political risk consultancy. He has written for the Financial Times, the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and has authored or edited five books. He is a columnist for Slate, a contributing editor at The National Interest, and a political commentator on CNN, Fox News, and CNBC. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

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