Excerpts

  • Michael Reid
    New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-300-11616-8

    The West tends to overlook Latin America, but the politics and economics of the continent remain dynamic, argues Michael Reid, editor of the Americas section of the Economist who has reported on Latin America for that publication as well as the BBC and the Guardian since 1982. Two categories of leaders have emerged in the region, one set populist and the other set outward looking, and struggle to establish a vision for the continent. Reid suggests that governments in Latin America must be assessed based on the many challenges they have and...

  • Amanat and Frank Griffel
    Stanford University Press, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-8047-5639-6

    Shari’a is considered by many as Islamic religious law. But the cultural concept covers not only moral and legal matters, including religious rituals and rules for marriage, taxation and war, but also issues of behavior and etiquette. Modern and fundamentalist Muslims are polarized over how much modern nations can rely on Shari’a. Yale professors Abbas Amanat and Frank Griffel are editors “Shari’a: Islamic Law in the Contemporary Cotext,” a book of essays that analyze Islamic thought on justice, global citizenship,...

  • Larry Diamond
    Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-8050-7869-S

    Appreciation for democracy runs deep in countries around the globe, but instability can present challenges for the system of governance. “The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World” analyzes the elements of democracy and how they have transformed global relations, the prospects for democracy in specific regions and ways to revitalize the system even in nations where regression has emerged. Renewing democracy requires education and mobilization of citizens themselves, argues Larry Diamond, senior...

  • Bruce Mazlish, Nayan Chanda and Kenneth Weisbrode
    Stanford University Press, 2007
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    New technology, particularly in transportation and communication sectors, hastens many global interconnections. The US presided over much technological innovation throughout the 20th century, and so supp0rters and opponents of globalization alike often equate the phenomenon with Americanization. Even so, the US often embraces some anti-global policies. “Global civil society may hold out the vision of the transcendence of particularistic ties, but the still-existing national and traditional definitions of these connections generally prevail...

  • Philippe Legrain
    Little, Brown, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-316-73248-2

    Immigration allows people to escape poverty, argues Philippe Legrain, British economist and journalist. Combining reporting and economic analysis, Legrain argues that relentless patrolling borders carries hidden costs while the diversity provided by low-skilled or high-skilled migrant workers offers many benefits. In the end, Legrain, who has served as special adviser to the director-general of the World Trade Organization, argues for open borders and offers recommendations for integration.

  • Tarun Khanna
    Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007
    ISBN:978-1-4221-0383-8

    Entrepreneurs in the emerging economies of India and China demonstrate that they have the money, the education, the management skills and the creativity to build successful firms. In “Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours,” Tarun Khanna, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, compares the two nations’ governance, information accessibility, infrastructure, rural challenges, soft power and foreign ties. The comparative analysis offers insights into the distinct styles and...

  • William R. Cline
    Center for Global Development and Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-88132-403-7

    Public policy on global warming has reached a critical new phase. Calls for action are escalating, reflecting such developments as heightened public awareness after Hurricane Katrina, the influential documentary film by former US Vice President Al Gore, and the high-profile “Stern Review” by Sir Nicholas Stern for the UK Treasury. Relatively little attention has gone, however, to the likely impact of global warming at the country level, especially in the developing world, the social and economic implications in China, India, Brazil, and the...

  • Yoichi Funabashi
    The Brookings Institution, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-8157-3010-1

    For more than a century, the Korean Peninsula has been the focus of major powers, most recently through the six-power talks, with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States striving to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear-weapons program. Yoichi Funabashi, editor in chief of the Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo, explores the historical and security concerns of the six nations since 2002 and provides insights into future diplomacy and policymaking for the region.

  • Nayan Chanda
    New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007
    ISBN: 978-0-3001-1201-6

    Globalization, the process of growing interconnectedness, is not a new phenomenon. All that’s new is the ease and speed of the connections. In his book, Nayan Chanda, editor of YaleGlobal Online, follows the exploits of historical traders, preachers, adventurers and warriors in shaping our world, and identifies their modern counterparts at work today. In any case, globalization is here to stay. It coincides with deep human aspirations and transcends the power of individual governments.

  • Dilip Hiro
    New York: Nation Books, 2007
    ISBN:978-1-56025-544-4

    Oil, as a cheap energy source, contributed so much prosperity and comfort throughout the 20th century. But now the world must wrestle with the notion that supplies are limited and prices are rapidly rising. With “Blood of the Earth: The Battle for the World’s Vanishing Oil Resources,” historian and journalist Dilip Hiro documents the history of oil and anticipates the conflicts and alternatives for the days ahead.

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