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“By turns alarming and encouraging…Manuel delineates with clarity [why] the US must attend closely to…harmonious future relations with China and India” (Kirkus Reviews) and why our obsession with China (as once with Japan) is shortsighted.In the next decade and a half, China and India will become two of the world’s indispensable powers—whether they rise peacefully or not.“By turns alarming and encouraging…Manuel delineates with clarity [why] the US must attend closely to…harmonious future relations with China and India” (Kirkus Reviews) and why our obsession with China (as once with Japan) is shortsighted.In the next decade and a half, China and India will become two of the world’s indispensable powers—whether they rise peacefully or not. During that time, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size, and military spending. Both India and China will have vetoes over many international decisions, from climate change to global trade, human rights, and business standards.From her front row view of this colossal shift, first at the State Department and now as an advisor to American business leaders, Anja Manuel escorts the reader on an intimate tour of the corridors of power in Delhi and Beijing. Her encounters with political and business leaders reveal how each country’s history and politics influences their conduct today. Through vibrant stories, she reveals how each country is working to surmount enormous challenges—from the crushing poverty of Indian slum dwellers and Chinese factory workers, to outrageous corruption scandals, rotting rivers, unbreathable air, and managing their citizens’ discontent. “Incisive…lively and accessible…Manual shows us that an optimistic path is possible: we can bring China and India along as partners“ (San Francisco Chronicle).We wring our hands about China, Manuel writes, while we underestimate India, which will be the most important country outside the West to shape China’s rise. Manuel shows us that a different path is possible—we can bring China and India along as partners rather than alienating one or both, and thus extend our own leadership in the world. This Brave New World offers “a thoughtful analysis…and a strategy for keeping it from turning violent” (The Wall Street Journal)....

Title : This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States
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This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States Reviews

  • Dominic
    2019-05-18 13:40

    In one sense, the overriding theme of the 2016 presidential election is how should the US deal with change? Part of that is the changing social norms and demographics within our own country. An equally important part of American angst is focused on a changing international order, particularly the rise of China and India. Anja Manuel's book is a useful guide for how we should understand their rise.Anja Manuel worked at the State Department under Condoleezza Rice. Don't let that scare you. Despite working in the Bush administration, Anja comes across as quite reasonable. Some of the best parts of the book come from her recollections of negotiations with Indian and Chinese officials. These anecdotes provided great insights into the mindsets of government officials in these countries. Part of me wishes Manuel had included more of these (although I understand much of her work at the State Department was probably confidential).Manuel goes discusses the economic, political, and military implications of China and India's rise. Despite coming from an American perspective, I appreciate that she really tried to convey Indian and Chinese points of view to American readers. She tries to explain what motivates India and China and why. That said, this is very much a book for American readers, especially politicians and businessmen. Manuel frequently includes policy recommendations for how the United States should deal with India and China. Some of these recommendations can feel a bit tacked on because the book isn't really structured as a policy argument. She doesn't really make a systematic case for her policies until the end of the book. I'd definitely recommend this book for readers, particularly those who don't already know much about India and China. It's a useful introduction to one of the most important developments in the world today. For foreign policy experts and more knowledgeable readers, the book might come across as a bit too basic (for those readers, I'd recommend Parag Khanna's new book "Connectography"). [Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

  • Leo
    2019-05-07 17:15

    An informative read that should be required for anyone interested in international relations. Manuel establishes that the rise of India and China need to be addressed in the same conversations. She takes a very methodical look into every aspect of these rising powers in relation to the U.S. and to each other. The Pacific Pivot will be a continuous effort of the U.S. no matter who's in the White House and this book is a great starting guide for the future.

  • Chirag Jha
    2019-05-11 11:19

    A great book to understand the dynamics of the emerging political order with the rise of Asia. It may be noted that this is very Western centric and is a book on how USA views this kind of power shift/rebalance, not a neutralist point of view. A more neutral perspective as a book may be a better first read if not exposed to a primer on foreign relations between countries.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-26 16:40

    I listened to this book, which worked out well. What I liked was how the author took you back to understand why each geography's inhabitants act and think the way they do. I did find some of the content tedious and unnecessary.

  • Parikshit Tiwari
    2019-04-28 16:13

    As an Indian, the book did not offer any new significant insights about India or about any of our problems. However, the information about China, especially a very high-level overview of their internal structure, was informative.

  • Adi Iyer
    2019-04-27 13:30

    It was very good.

  • Madhav Sekar
    2019-05-09 12:36

    takes a look at these 3 countries through a variety of different lenses and discusses how they can work together in the future, interesting book - highly rec.

  • Adrian
    2019-04-27 16:27

    Anja Manuel, a former State Dept Official and now a founding partner of a Strategic Consulting Firm, sets out a cautious, yet surprisingly optimistic, overview of great power relations in the decades to come, with the added dimension that India's rise is given less attention than it is rightfully due, and that more attention should be given toward India's role in the world. This is not to say that the book is India-centric, nor China-centric, rather it is evenly balanced on both China and India.A central message of the book is to not view power relations in zero sum terms, and try to increase co-operation between China and India.Although India, as the book points out, has an economy only 1/5 that of China, it is still too geographically and demographically important to be left out of great power relations. China and India have much distrust, owing to an unresolved border dispute and economic competitiveness, but can be co-opted into power relations for a more harmonious world.An important message one takes away is the importance of military relations, and how there is much need to begin managing military contact and dialogue among the powers.It is clear that civilian control over the Chinese military is not anywhere near as firm as Zhongnanhai would like to believe. Among incidents pointing toward such a reality were the unveiling of a new Fighter Jet during the US Defense Secretary's China visit, unbeknownst to China's then President Hu Jintao, and Chinese soldiers crossing the line of actual control into India during a bilateral summit between Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi.An important point one takes home is that the Chinese military is sworn by loyalty to the Communist Party, not the Constitution like in India and the US, and they are regularly fed a historically tailored view of the world with outside powers seeking to contain and divide China. Despite it's loyalty to the party, the PLA has frequently functioned with great autonomy throughout it's history.Anja Manuel provides a few instances of incidents that led to misunderstanding, and has proposed greater intra military contact and dialogue to prevent such misunderstanding.While the book takes a more benign view of India and it's intentions and temperament, Manuel is still cautious of viewing India as a reliable ally, pointing out that India has an incredibly erratic and obstructive voting record at the UN.However, while China, and to a lesser extent, India, may have their unease about a Western crafted world order, they don't necessarily wish to overturn it, rather they simply seek to amend it. Manuel points out that important agreements have been achieved, such as agreements on cyber security and intellectual property protection, which while inadequate, point that co-operation and negotiation are headed in the right direction.Anja Manuel's book is a message of the importance of co-operation. It is not pessimistic, nor is it naive, rather it addresses how a better world order can be achieved through co-operation and understanding between the three countries who are destined to be the key players in the world order that is to come.

  • Fmartija
    2019-05-19 10:38

    In “This Brave New World”, Anja Manuel lays out the argument for why it is in the United States, China’s, and India’s best interests to build a relationship of cooperation together in order to better serve each of their respective countries. Anja Manuel explores this history and the challenges facing both India and China that must be understood and appreciated in order to understand their perspective. This understanding would help go a long way in understanding how to move forward in a manner of cooperation. “This Brave New World” is written in a way that is understandable to an individual with no prior background of China or India. Likewise, it is in depth enough to provide new insight to the individual who has done prior research and reading on either country. This ability to educate both ends of the spectrum demonstrates Anja Manuel’s knowledge of these two countries.Although India and China may be seen in a similar light as far as significant population bases and rising economies, the similarities end there. Their cultures, governance, demographics, and even the way their economies are structured could not be more on the opposite side of the spectrum. While the goal of cooperation should be the same for both nations, the ways in which cooperation is achieved with each individual country will be very different.I highly recommend “This Brave New World” if you are interested in understanding China or India but have never done any prior research. Additionally, if you have done extensive reading on either nation, this book provides information that can continue to reframe your understanding of either nation in the current perspective of 2017. Anja Manuel is well thought out, clear, and conversational in her writing style.

  • Kristen Heimerl
    2019-05-16 10:35

    The author served as an official at the US Department of State from 2005-2007, responsible for South Asia policy. She traveled extensively across China and India and this book is a collection of her observations, insights, and knowledge of two great and increasingly powerful economies. The book is a joy to read--Manuel has a conversational, approachable style. While there is some redundancy in content across chapters, her reporting and storytelling are nonetheless fascinating and engaging. The coverage of each country is comprehensive--history, leaders' perspectives and influencers, social and economic challenges, demographics, policies, macro environmental forces and more. This is a cool read for anyone who sees the magnificence of China and India, anyone who is interested in their past and future role, and anyone who wants to understand U.S. interdependencies in the global landscape. Manuel advocates harmonious relations between the U.S., China and India and sees our positive relationship with both countries as a precursor to a vibrant, thriving world. I loved this book and I may have to read it again to make sure I captured all the goodness. But reading it scares me too: where are we going, America? And will our actions—now and in the future--align for our collective good?

  • Alfons
    2019-04-27 17:22

    Anja Manuel does an excellent job by referencing historical facts in helping to explain how and why both the Chinese and Indian governments operate. I also enjoyed and appreciate insight she provided from her experiences in working with government officials from both countries. Impression I got is that all three countries would be wise to continue using diplomacy to help solve existing and future problems. We're heavily dependent on one another. I strongly recommend this book and especially if you're interested in 2 of Asia's most important economies.

  • Joseph
    2019-05-03 10:34

    "This Brave New World" is a must read, especially in light of the current presidential election. Manuel, a former State Department official under Secretary Rice, explores the relationship between United States and two of the world's fastest growing powers, China and India. Manuel's book is thought-provoking as she discusses China and India's economies and their internal politics. She makes the critically important, and well-argued, case for supporting the responsible development of these two growing global players.

  • Prashanthi Chennupati
    2019-05-05 09:27

    Very good read. Author gives an honest perspective on the current facts about India and China. Author tried to qualify both India and China from both strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats perspective and tried to establish an optimistic reasoning on how both booming nations can become next super powers. Author combines history, geography, economics to establish possible futures for US, India and China.

  • John
    2019-05-14 16:42

    Interesting review of where India and China are in their developments and details on the major differences between their societies and political structure. However the author seems to be anxious that the USA not confront China on a range of hot button issues! The explanations given didn't convince me that accommodation is an appropriate strategy!

  • Hunter Marston
    2019-05-06 09:30

    Anja Manuel's This Brave New World is an insightful call to arms for global cooperation on a variety of issues, bridging the dominant superpower US, and rising powers India and China. It's a timely analysis and a well-rounded work tempered with moderation and backed up with experience and depth. A worthwhile read for any student of IR as well as practitioners/policymakers with an Asia focus.

  • Bredo Erichsen
    2019-05-02 17:28

    This book gives a very good understanding of China and India with clear advices to US how to handle them on different issues. The chapter on energy could have been longer. (I work with that in India so I may be subjective) The book is best when it is not focused on singel persons. We have plenty of that in the newspapers. But, a good [email protected]

  • Melinda
    2019-05-07 12:19

    After reading several books on China, I was glad to read this one which contrasts and compares China and India, the two rising economic and political entities of the 21st century. Good information, excellent to think about.

  • Bruce
    2019-05-14 13:24

    Excellent !