New Book on Development Thinking Launched at the UN


The East-West Center, in partnership with Yale University and the Pacific Basin Research Center, launched the new book The Evolution of Development Thinking: Governance, Economics, Assistance, and Security at the United Nations on December 15, 2016. (Watch video of the book launch.)

EWC Senior Fellow Shabbir Cheema (center) speaks at the UN book launch.

The book encompasses the evolution of development theories, doctrines and practices, such as balancing economic efficiency and the protection of vulnerable people, the paradigm shift from traditional public administration to democratic governance, and the roles of foreign assistance agencies, civil society and armed forces, which are often caught between humanitarian and geopolitical motives.

Fifty-five people attended the launch event co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the Permanent UN Observer for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, including ambassadors, staff of the UN Permanent Missions, UN and civil-society officials, and academics.

The main conclusions of the book were presented by Professor William Ascher, Professor Garry D. Brewer and East-West Center Senior Fellow Shabbir Cheema. This was followed by discussion on emerging trends and issues, with focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Development.  The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan, based on collaborative and interdisciplinary research by senior scholars from East-West Center, Yale University and the Pacific Basin Research Center.