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In Which World?, scientist Allen Hammond imaginatively probes the consequences of present social, economic, and environmental trends to construct three possible worlds that could await us in the twenty-first century: Market World, in which economic and human progress is driven by the liberating power of free markets and human initiative; Fortress World, in which unattended social and environmental problems diminish progress, dooming hundreds of millions of humans to lives of rising conflict and violence; and Transformed World, in which human ingenuity and compassion succeed in offering a better life, not just a wealthier one, and in seeking to extend those benefits to all of humanity.
PART I. Looking Ahead
Chapter 1. Thinking About the Future
Chapter 2. The Power of Scenarios
PART II. Three Word Views
Chapter 3. Market World: A New Golden Age of Prosperity?
Chapter 4. Fortress World: Instability and Violence?
Chapter 5. Transformed World: Changing the Human Endeavor?
PART III. Trends that Shape Our Future
Chapter 6. Critical Trends: Demographic, Economic, and Technological
Chapter 7. Critical Environmental Trends
Chapter 8. Critical Security Trends
Chapter 9. Critical Social and Political Trends
PART IV. Regional Choices
Chapter 10. Latin America: Equitable Growth or Instability?
Chapter 11. China and Southeast Asia: Can the Asian Miracle Continue?
Chapter 12. India: A Second Independence?
Chapter 13. Sub-saharan Africa: Transformation or Tragedy?
Chapter 14. North Africa and The Middle East: Autocracy Forever?
Chapter 15. Russia and Eastern Europe: Transition to What?
Chapter 16. North America, Europe, and Japan: Leadership or Stagnation?
PART V. Global Destinies
Chapter 17. Choosing Our Future
Which World? On-line: A Hyperforum on the Future
Appendix: Regions And Projections: The Details