Excerpts

  • 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...

  • Bruce Mazlish, Nayan Chanda and Kenneth Weisbrode
    Stanford University Press, 2007
    ISBN:

    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...

  • 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.

  • Mark Matthews
    Nation Books, 2007
    ISBN:1-56858-332-X

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to haunt the Middle East, and peace remains an elusive goal for world leaders. Journalist Mark Matthews details and analyzes the many lost opportunities for resolving the conflict in recent years, starting with George Bush’s first visit to Israel as governor of Texas and potential presidential candidate, as described in this excerpt. Matthews’ thorough reporting reveals how people affected by such conflict depend on their leaders to seek out connections, overlook cultural differences and...

  • Ian Burma
    Penguin Press, 2006
    ISBN:1594201080

    A milestone in the clash between Europe’s secularism and Islamic values came on November 2, 2004, when a 26-year-old Dutchman, of Morroccan heritage killed filmmaker Theo van Gogh. The young man opposed van Gogh’s film about Somali-born Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a vocal critic of Islam. Europe is a bastion for free speech and individual rights, but a small number of Muslim immigrants from neighboring nations oppose such freedoms. The groups with opposing values continue to offend each other.

  • Michael D. Swaine and Zhang Tuosheng with Danielle F.S. Cohen
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2006
    ISBN:978-0-87003-228-8

    Nations can manage crises with self-restraint. The history of how China and the US have managed crises, standoffs and disagreements - over the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the status of Taiwan - is examined by Michael D. Swaine of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and Zhang Tuosheng of the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies, with Danielle F.S. Cohen. The book offers both Chinese and US perspectives on key historical events and concludes with specific recommendations for management of such...

  • Ramachandra Guha
    University of California Press, 2006
    ISBN:978-0-520-2405-2

    With the growing economic power and desires of developing nations like India and China, rampant consumerism and growth is not sustainable for the long term. Citizens of populous developing nations want to live like the citizens of the US and Europe. Ramachandra Guha, a pioneer in the field of environmental history, analyzes the environmental movements in India and the United States, with all their respective politics, chauvinism and aspirations. He repeats Gandhi’s observation - “The world has enough for everybody’s need, but...

  • Lant Pritchett
    Center for Global Development, 2006
    ISBN:978-1-933286-10-5

    Wealthy countries should lift controls on labor moving across national borders, argues Lant Pritchett, socioeconomist with the World Bank and fellow at the Center for Global Development, based in New Delhi. Pritchett poses provocative questions - from whether l abor movement across borders promotes crime to whether nationality is a moral basis for discrimination. He also poses policies recommendations that would allow unskilled labor to cross borders in ways that might be politically acceptable to the wealthy nations, by minimizing risks...