The Socialist Register 2004

The New Imperial Challenge

Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch  

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The essays in this fortieth volume of The Socialist Register analyze the unique nature of the new U.S. empire and challenge the left to develop a better theory of imperialism and its relation to globalized capitalism. Other essays examine the limits and contradictions of “Americanization” as a dimension of U.S. global power; the facts and myths surrounding U.S. strategic interests in Iraq and the “war on terror”; ecological imperialism, and the significance of international migration in the new imperial order.

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  • Preface
  • Global Capitalism and American Empire (Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin)
  • Imperialism of Our Time (Aijaz Ahmad)
  • The ‘New’ Imperialism: Accumulation by Dispossession (David Harvey)
  • The Old and New Economics of Imperialism (Greg Albo)
  • Truths and Myths about the Invasion of Iraq (Noam Chomsky)
  • Human Rights as Swords of Empire? (Amy Bartholomew and Jennifer Breakspear)
  • ‘A Uniquely Benign Imperialism’? (Paul Rogers)
  • Blood for Oil: The Bush-Cheney Energy Strategy (Michael T. Klare)
  • Ecological Imperialism: The Curse of Capitalism (John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark)
  • NGO Dilemmas: Trojan Horses for Global Neoliberalism? (Tina Wallace)
  • Globalization, Imperialism, Development: False Binaries and Radical Resolutions (John S. Saul)
  • The Limits and Contradictions of ‘Americanization’ (Emad El-Din Aysha)
  • Crossing Borders in the New Imperialism (Bob Sutcliffe)


  • Colin Leys


    Before coming to Queen’s in 1975 Colin Leys taught at Balliol College, Oxford; Kivukoni College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and the Universities of Sussex, Nairobi, and Sheffield. His work has primarily been on the theory and politics of development, with particular reference to Africa and the UK. His publications include European Politics in Southern Rhodesia; Underdevelopment in Kenya;The Political Economy of Neocolonialism; Politics in Britain; Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword (with John S. Saul and others); The Rise and Fall of Development Theory; The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Leo Panitch); and Market Driven-Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest.

  • Leo Panitch

    York University

    Leo Panitch was a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He was a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He was also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He was an ardent supporter of the Socialist Project.

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