Publication Date: June 18, 2013
“Richard Rosecrance’s The Resurgence of the West is a searching meditation on international order, Western unity, and the imperatives of an American world role.”
— Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner
“Fifty years ago I was an international economist. How much has been learned in fifty years! Rosecrance’s Resurgence of the West presents succinctly, persuasively, and somewhat optimistically the results of a huge amount of research in global political economy. Read it.”
— Thomas C. Schelling, Professor of political economy emeritus, Harvard University, and professor of economics emeritus, University of Maryland, and Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences
After two centuries of ascent, the United States finds itself in economic decline. Some advise America to cure its woes alone. But the road to isolation leads inevitably to the end of U.S. leadership in the international system, warns Richard Rosecrance in his bold and novel new book The Resurgence of the West: How a Transatlantic Union Can Prevent War and Restore the United States and Europe (Publication Date: June 18, 2013).
Rosecrance calls for the United States to join forces with the European Union and create a transatlantic economic union. Such a U.S.‑Europe community would unblock arteries of trade and investment, rejuvenate the West, and enable Western countries to deal with East Asian challenges from a position of unity and economic strength. Exploring the possibilities for such a merger, the author writes, “The European Union offers a means of creating larger units without recourse to force. A connection between Europe and North America could eventually grow into an agglomeration of states, drawing China and the East into a new network of countries. In this way East will eventually join the West.”
Through this great merger the author offers a positive vision of the future in which members of a tightly knit Western alliance regain economic health and attract Eastern nations to join a new and worldwide international order. In addition, taking such a bold step would also allow America and Europe regain strength and prosperity and potentially even prevent another Great War.
Richard Rosecrance is senior fellow, adjunct professor, and director of the U.S.‑China Relations Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA. He is the former Director of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. His previous books include The Rise of the Trading State and The Rise of the Virtual State, and a number of edited volumes. He has written for The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, and many other journals. He lives in Lexington, MA.