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United States Policy towards Liberia, 1822 to 2003

This is an insightful account of a flawed Liberian government and a flawed U.S. policy that is prolonging that nation's poverty and civil strife. President Charles Taylor has much to account for but in this analysis he is not the only villain. Lester Hyman casts new light on the festering problems that...few Americans understand ... lf you want to know the inside scoop on Liberia, this book is an eye-opener ...   Marianne Means, Washington Columnist for the Hearst Newspapers

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United States Policy Towards Liberia 1822 to 2003:
Unintended Consequences?

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ISBN 978-0-9799537-4-3 (hardcover), US $30.00
ISBN 978-0-9799537-3-6 (softcover), US $30.00
Published September 2003; June 2007; forthcoming second editions fall 2009.
320 pp.

United States Policy Towards Liberia 1822 to 2003: Unintended Consequences?

Book Description (Annotation)

Examines the complex and often troubled relations (economic, social, cultural, political, ideological, and military) between the United States and Liberia from the dawn of the 19th century to 2003. Describes beneficial aspects and pitfalls inherent in the relationship and sets forth a "road map" for improvement of U.S. policy. Focuses on the era of civil war in Liberia (1989 to 2003), U.S. containment of Liberia's president, Charles G. Taylor, and the resultant collapse of the nation. A provocative case study for how the U.S. treats post-conflict nations. Appendix gives Liberia's presidents and interim heads of state, diplomatic representation of U.S. and Liberia, interview of Charles Taylor, and chronologies of key Liberian. In paperback edition and forthcoming second editions events updated to May 2007.

About the Author

Lester S. HymanLester S. Hyman is a prominent Washington, D.C. attorney with more than 50 years of experience in law, government, and politics. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia University School of Law, he specializes in creating and implementing legislative strategies and resolving international disputes for clients, including Fortune 500 corporations, as well as countries and major companies abroad.

In 1990 Mr. Hyman was a member of the International Observer Team headed by former President Jimmy Carter, which monitored the first democratic election in the history of Haiti. He was deeply involved in peace resolution efforts during Liberia's civil war and took part in the work of the International Negotiating Network (INN) at the Carter Center with specific reference to Liberia and Korea. He also dealt with legal and governmental issues in Japan, France, Germany, England, Lebanon, Russia, and the Caribbean. In 1996, President Clinton appointed Mr. Hyman to the 8-person Presidential Delegation that represented the United States at the historic Peace Accord signing in Guatemala, ending a 36-year civil war. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Hyman acted as United States legal counsel for the Republic of Liberia. Because of his considerable expertise, Lester Hyman has taught Decision-Making in Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy, one of the country's leading public policy think tanks.

Active in state and national politics, Mr. Hyman has served in Massachusetts as Chief Assistant to the Governor, Secretary of Commerce and Chairman of the Democratic Party. His political work at the national-level has been as an advisor to nine U.S. presidential candidates.

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