Excerpts

  • 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...

  • Edited by Ernesto Zedillo
    Routledge, 2007
    ISBN:978-0-415-77185-6

    Contemporary globalization has been severely jeopardized by recent turmoil. The end of the economic expansion of the 1990s, the 9/11 tragedy, and the war in Iraq have shocked the international system to an extent not seen in years. Not only have the fairness and adequacy of globalization been doubted by various parties for some time now, but lately its very irreversibility has been called into question by the sheer force of geopolitical and economic turbulence. This book considers the forces that propel globalization and those that resist...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Morton Abramowitz and Stephen Bosworth
    The Century Foundation Press, 2006
    ISBN:978-087078-500-9

    China’s rise has begun to change the system itself as well as the U.S. role in it. Given the wide ramifications of our relations, both countries have no choice but to get along with each other. The U.S. government should consistently make clear that it supports China’s rapid growth, that it views China as a necessary collaborator in international affairs whatever our differences, that the United States will remain deeply engaged in East Asia, and that it will not pursue an anti-China alliance.