New Issue of Wilson Quarterly: What If China Fails?

Oct 08, 2010, 15:40 ET from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- China's economy is growing at the fastest rate of any major power, yet some specialists think the Asian giant could stumble. Should we cheer if it does? In the Autumn 2010 issue of The Wilson Quarterly, on sale October 10, Harvard's Ross Terrill argues that not all failures are alike, and some may be desirable. We should hope that China finds a future that "balances economic growth with political freedom." David M. Lampton, director of China studies at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, contends that China will overcome its major challenges, from the environment to an aging population. The "United States and other nations should plan on facing an increasingly capable China. That is in many ways a daunting prospect, but it is a far better one, and richer in promise, than the alternative."

Also in the issue:

  • Douglas Besharov and Douglas M. Call argue that the United States is in a "global budget race" with other nations. Those that devise the best solutions to the challenges of coping with health care and aging populations will dominate the future.
  • William Baude looks at the legal doctrine that denies condemned prisoners further appeals even when they claim to have evidence of their innocence.
  • Ian Desai reveals the little-recognized team of followers that helped bring about the extraordinary rise of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Jeff Porter describes how a simple Google query unlocked an unexpected narrative in the Internet's cascades of information.

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