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After the Cold War: Essays on the Emerging World Order
edited by Keith Philip Lepor
University of Texas Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-292-72340-5 | eISBN: 978-0-292-78835-0


The end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union reassured people around the world who had lived in fear of a nuclear confrontation between the superpowers. Yet the early euphoria over "peace dividends" and a "new world order" was premature. Conflicts within and between nation-states are springing up around the globe, challenging world leaders and ordinary citizens to find peaceful means for national, group, and individual self-determination.

In this book of specially commissioned essays, twenty world leaders assess the possibilities and perils of the new strategic, political, and economic interrelationships that are emerging around the world. They tackle such fundamental questions as: What is the future of the international system as we approach the twenty-first century? What will be the fate of disintegrating nation-states, and how will the international community respond? Has the nation-state outlived its usefulness? Are we beginning to witness the complete breakdown of the international system?

The contributors are:

  • Ali Alatas (Indonesia)

  • Tariq Aziz (Iraq)

  • James A. Baker III (United States)

  • Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan)

  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali (United Nations)

  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil)

  • Osama El-Baz (Egypt)

  • Eduardo Frei (Chile)

  • Alberto Fujimori (Peru)

  • Rachid Ghannouchi (eminent Islamic thinker)

  • Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (Russian Federation)

  • Kamal Kharrazi (Iran)

  • Andrei Kozyrev (Russian Federation)

  • Leonid Kuchma (Ukraine)

  • Nelson Mandela (South Africa)

  • Nursultan Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan)

  • Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria)

  • Muammar El-Qadhafi (Libya)

  • Fidel Ramos (Philippines)

  • Shri P. V. Narasimha Rao (India)

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