The J Curve by Ian Bremmer
A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall

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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.
 

About Ian Bremmer

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IAN BREMMER is the president of Eurasia Group, the world's leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Foreign Affairs. His six books include the international bestseller The End of the Free Market and The J Curve. He lives in New York City and Washington, D.C. Visit. eurasiagroup.net.
 
Published September 15, 2006 by Simon & Schuster. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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On the right side of the curve, which extends much higher than the left, are nations that are both open and stable: the United States, countries of Western Europe, Japan.

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