In Pursuit of Prosperity provides a much needed exploration of the evolution of environmental sustainability in U.S. foreign policy.
Through expert analysis of nine countries and regions of strategic importance, David Reed and his stellar team of experts in foreign policy and environmental affairs identify emerging threats to the prosperity and national security of the United States. They assert that U.S. foreign policy must shift away from its 100-year-old focus on obtaining energy and mineral inputs for the industrial economy. In the new millennium, U.S. foreign policy must be geared toward ensuring the prosperity of the country's trading and political partners around the globe. To the degree that our partners' economies and social stability are threatened by the natural resource scarcities and environmental change unfolding within their borders and in neighboring countries, threats to U.S. prosperity and national security increase proportionately.
Directed to U.S. foreign policy makers, the intelligence and security communities, and influential think tanks and research organizations, the book proposes specific recommendations the U.S. government should embrace to respond to the disruption of global supply chains, social instability in partner countries, disruptive impacts on regional relations, and expansion of illegal trade and criminal networks. This unique focus establishes In Pursuit of Prosperity as a seminal work in understanding the challenges facing the United States in this period of global environmental change.
David Reed is Senior Vice President, Policy for WWF-US. He holds a Ph.D. and graduate degrees from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked for twenty five years in social and economic development programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia at both the grassroots and managerial levels. Areas of expertise include Environmental impacts of macroeconomic reforms, Poverty-environment nexus, International architecture for climate finance, and environmental dimensions of U.S. foreign policy.
Foreword Admiral Mike Mullen Preface Carter Roberts Part 1: In Pursuit of Prosperity David Reed with Brent Nordstrom and Pamela Stedman-Edwards Part 2: Country and Regional Studies David Reed 3. Through the Arctic Looking Glass and What the U.S.-Russian Relationship Found There Heather A. Conley and Lev Neretin 4. Brazil and the United States: Cooperation on Sustainable Development Ricardo Sennes 5. China Christopher Sall 6. Costal East Africa Ambassador Mark Green 7. Congo's Environmental Catch-22 Theodore Trefon 8. Modern India Richard Verma 9. Mexico: Water Scarcity and the Border Pamela Stedman-Edwards 10. Pakistan's Ecological Precipice: An Opportunity for Redefining Security Saleem H. Ali and Shuja Nawaz 11. The South China Sea Murray Hiebert and Gregory Poling 12. Changing Landscapes David Reed 13. Recommendations David Reed