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Overview

This collection of recent, opposing articles on 21 of the most talked-about topics in world politics offers readers a way to tie together theory and concepts with today's headlines. Its informative yet provocative readings encourage discussions, questions, and analytical and critical thought. A seven-part organization covers complexities under the headings of: Global Community, Democracy in the World, Terrorism and Response, Nuclear Weapons and NATO, International Conflict Resolution, International Political Economy, and Environment and Health. MARKET: For anyone interested in international relations, global issues, and world politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130458292
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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The thousands of topics available in world politics pose a challenge for anyone assembling a sample, as in this book. Problems in the Middle East and the .war on terror" would themselves be sufficient to fill many books. This book, therefore, is not comprehensive, but it does include a sample intended to whet your appetite for a lifetime of reading about world affairs.

If you are reading this preface, you are probably a college student taking a course in world politics, foreign policy, or international relations. You may already know a good deal about global politics, or you may not have paid much attention thus far. You may be unaware of how many important issues are currently shaping the global, political, and economic environment. As today's citizen of the world and perhaps tomorrow's leader, you have a role in determining how these issues shape your future.

In order to grasp the importance of some of these issues, imagine a day in the life of a U.S. president who has turned from pressing domestic concerns to problems that may have a significant long-term effect on the nation's future. A presidential meeting with the National Security Council might feature an agenda containing the following items:

  • Plan to stop al Qaeda
  • Discussion of nuclear weapons proliferation
  • Proposal to allow Turkey to join the European Union
  • Plan to guard against terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies
  • Resolution to reduce opportunities for Americans to become mercenaries
  • Resolution to impose a tax on imported computers
  • Response to expansion of the European Monetary Union (EMU)
  • Request to increase the U.S. allocation to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Decision on how to proceed with Iraq
  • Request for a study of the strategic implications of global warming
  • Request for assistance to several African countries to help reduce the spread of AIDS

The items listed above would make for a full agenda, to be sure, but they would by no means exhaust the number of foreign-affairs concerns deserving attention. But where do you begin to grasp the complex web of issues that confront ambassadors, statesmen, international corporations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) every day? This book can be more than just a course requirement; it can, in fact, help you get started in your quest to become familiar with the world's problems and opportunities.

Obviously, this book does not cover all world issues, nor does it address all aspects of any particular issue. The length of the book imposes a further limitation: The text is presented in a debate format, with one author on each side of an issue, whereas, in reality, every major social and political issue is complex, and many sides may develop in the process of an issue's resolution. This book does, however, point you in the right direction by introducing you to twenty-one of the most controversial and important issues facing the world's governments today, which are discussed by some of the world's most thoughtful commentators. Although the debate format is most often used, sometimes two different perspectives and approaches to an issue are presented rather than two directly opposing viewpoints (e.g., Issue 1, globalization).

It is unlikely that any single article will allow you to resolve conclusively for yourself any particular issue, but that is not our purpose. As editors we have, from the start, had in mind three objectives: The first is to pique your interest in the issues themselves. You may have already heard so much discussion on some of the issues that you think that nothing of interest can still be said. If this is the case, we hope to surprise you with some creative thought and good writing. Our second objective is to provide you with some of the basic information that is needed to begin to develop your own informed opinions. The articles in this book provide a great many facts and findings, as well as interpretations. Our third objective is to raise questions in your mind. Good analysis often raises more questions than it answers. We hope that after you have read these articles, you will have a wide array of new questions and that you will be more eager to begin a lifelong search for the insight needed to make the world a better place in which to live. We wish you all the best.

This book is dedicated to Taya, Jessica, and Drew.

Greg Scott Randy Jones Lou Furmanski

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Table of Contents

I. GLOBALIZATION AND DEMOCRACY.

Issue 1: Globalization.

Meeting the Challenges of Globalization, Senator Dorgan. Problems of Globalization, Representative Duncan.

Issue 2: Globalization and the Nation State.

Bits, Bytes, and Democracy, Walter Wriston. The New Real World Order, Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Issue 3: Future of Democracy.

Consolidating Democratic Institutions, Second Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies. Has Democracy a Future?, Arthur M. Schlesinger.

II. THE WAR ON TERROR AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

Issue 4: Unilateralism.

Remarks at the United Nations and West Point, President Bush. Address to the General Assembly, Secretary General Annan.

Issue 5: Global Activism.

The Case for Global Activism, Robert Kagan. The War Party vs. The Peace Party, Raimondo.

Issue 6: Sanctions.

Sanctioning Madness, Richard N. Haass Sanctions: The Invisible Hand of Statecraft, David E. Weekman.

Issue 7: Israel and Palestine.

Support for Israel, Representatives Pence and Frank. Guarantee a Palestinian Homeland, Senator Hagel.

Issue 8: Islam and Politics.

Islamic and Western Values, Ali A. Mazrui. Islamic Fundamentalism: A Transitory Threat?, David G. Kibble.

Issue 9: Universal Jurisdiction.

American Foreign Policy and the International Criminal Court, Marc Grossman. Remarks on the International Criminal Court, Senator Dodd.

Issue 10: Civil Liberties.

Statements on Homeland Security, Attorney General John Ashcroft. Bill of Rights Cannot Be the Next Victim of Terrorism, Representative Woolsey.

Issue 11: Intelligence.

The Failure of U.S. Intelligence, Kristen Breitweiser. The FBI and 911, Robert S. Mueller.

Issue 12: Human Rights.

The Role of Human Rights in Foreign Policy, Lorne W. Craner. The Cancer of Human Rights, John A Gentry.

III. NATIONAL DEFENSE.

Issue 13: Nuclear Weapons.

The Declining Utility of Nuclear Weapons, Goodpaster Committee. Nuclear Posture Review, U.S. Department of Defense.

Issue 14: Missile Defense.

National Missile Defense Fact Sheet, Federation of American Scientists. Limitations of National Missile Defense, Senator Robert Byrd.

Issue 15: Nuclear Proliferation.

Counterproliferation Initiative, Ashton B. Carter. Nuclear Madness, Carter Schell.

Issue 16: NATO Expansion.

Remarks at the NATO Prague Summit, President Bush. NATO Deserves to Pass On, Rep. Rohrabacher.

IV. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY.

Issue 17: International Monetary Fund.

Globalization's Democratic Deficit, Joseph Nye. International Seattle Coalition, Public Citizen.

Issue 18: Money Laundering.

Follow the Money, William Wechsler. Offshore Financial Sector, Brian Stuart-Young.

Issue 19: IMF Conditionality.

Conditionality in Fund-Supported Programs—Overview, International Monetary Fund. 'Conditionalities' Choke RI's Recovery. Sidesh Kaul.

V. GLOBAL CHALLENGES.

Issue 20: Global Warming.

Understanding Climate Change, UN Environmental Program and WMO. Support for Bush Policies, Rep. Rohrbacher.

Issue 21: AIDS.

AIDS Epidemic Update, United Nations. Global Health, U.S. GAO.

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Preface

The thousands of topics available in world politics pose a challenge for anyone assembling a sample, as in this book. Problems in the Middle East and the .war on terror" would themselves be sufficient to fill many books. This book, therefore, is not comprehensive, but it does include a sample intended to whet your appetite for a lifetime of reading about world affairs.

If you are reading this preface, you are probably a college student taking a course in world politics, foreign policy, or international relations. You may already know a good deal about global politics, or you may not have paid much attention thus far. You may be unaware of how many important issues are currently shaping the global, political, and economic environment. As today's citizen of the world and perhaps tomorrow's leader, you have a role in determining how these issues shape your future.

In order to grasp the importance of some of these issues, imagine a day in the life of a U.S. president who has turned from pressing domestic concerns to problems that may have a significant long-term effect on the nation's future. A presidential meeting with the National Security Council might feature an agenda containing the following items:

  • Plan to stop al Qaeda
  • Discussion of nuclear weapons proliferation
  • Proposal to allow Turkey to join the European Union
  • Plan to guard against terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies
  • Resolution to reduce opportunities for Americans to become mercenaries
  • Resolution to impose a tax on imported computers
  • Response to expansion of the European Monetary Union (EMU)
  • Request to increase the U.S. allocation to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Decision on how to proceed with Iraq
  • Request for a study of the strategic implications of global warming
  • Request for assistance to several African countries to help reduce the spread of AIDS

The items listed above would make for a full agenda, to be sure, but they would by no means exhaust the number of foreign-affairs concerns deserving attention. But where do you begin to grasp the complex web of issues that confront ambassadors, statesmen, international corporations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) every day? This book can be more than just a course requirement; it can, in fact, help you get started in your quest to become familiar with the world's problems and opportunities.

Obviously, this book does not cover all world issues, nor does it address all aspects of any particular issue. The length of the book imposes a further limitation: The text is presented in a debate format, with one author on each side of an issue, whereas, in reality, every major social and political issue is complex, and many sides may develop in the process of an issue's resolution. This book does, however, point you in the right direction by introducing you to twenty-one of the most controversial and important issues facing the world's governments today, which are discussed by some of the world's most thoughtful commentators. Although the debate format is most often used, sometimes two different perspectives and approaches to an issue are presented rather than two directly opposing viewpoints (e.g., Issue 1, globalization).

It is unlikely that any single article will allow you to resolve conclusively for yourself any particular issue, but that is not our purpose. As editors we have, from the start, had in mind three objectives: The first is to pique your interest in the issues themselves. You may have already heard so much discussion on some of the issues that you think that nothing of interest can still be said. If this is the case, we hope to surprise you with some creative thought and good writing. Our second objective is to provide you with some of the basic information that is needed to begin to develop your own informed opinions. The articles in this book provide a great many facts and findings, as well as interpretations. Our third objective is to raise questions in your mind. Good analysis often raises more questions than it answers. We hope that after you have read these articles, you will have a wide array of new questions and that you will be more eager to begin a lifelong search for the insight needed to make the world a better place in which to live. We wish you all the best.

This book is dedicated to Taya, Jessica, and Drew.

Greg Scott
Randy Jones
Lou Furmanski

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