Globalization

Global Environmental, Economic, and Geopolitical Challenges

NOTE: The accompanying Works Cited has additional articles which may serve as good teacher resources; the titles used in the curriculum that follows are in blue.  Titles of books which need to be purchased are in green.  Edited articles from Annual Editions: Global Issues are in red.

“A Lost Decade.” Nation 19 Sept. 2011: 3. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 12 May 2014.
The article discusses lessons learned from what is termed the “lost decade” since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In the author’s view terrorism poses a political rather than military challenge to the U.S., and he suggests that America’s best safeguards against terrorism are its traditions of religious and ethnic tolerance and its democratic institutions.

Aguilar-Millan, Stephen, Ann Oberg, Amy Feeney, & Elizabeth Rudd. “The Post-Scarcity World Of 2050-2075.” Futurist 44.1 (2010): 34. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 17 May 2014.
The article presents the world economic forecast for 2050-2075. It states that scarcities in food, water and energy are expected to occur during these years which will greatly affect the operations of many institutions. It states that the aftereffects of the scarcity will impede the economic growth of 30 members of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development like U.S., Europe, and Australia. According to the European Union (EU), the scarcity will be the result of growing population wherein resources become limited.

Ayman, S. Gülden. “The Arab Upheavals And The Turkish Perception Vis-À-Vis The West.” Arab Studies Quarterly 35.3 (2013): 305. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 17 May 2014.
The article presents an examination into the political-cultural identity and perception of Turkey surrounding the events of the Arab Spring Uprisings of 2011 and onward. Arguments are made asserting that the Turkish views of the West and of itself were heavily idealized and are changing in response to developing events such as the uprisings. Further analysis is offered exploring the various ways in which Turkey may be seeking to re-identify itself in the 21st-century geopolitical order.

Debas, Haile T. “Global Health Priority Agenda For The 21St Century.” UN Chronicle 47.2 (2010): 8. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 12 May 2014.
The article discusses the challenges faced by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the 21st century. It states that MDGs cannot be achieved by sub-Saharan countries due to the lack of proper health system and development of antibiotics and disinfectants in low-and middle-income countries. It also mentions that collaborations between the government and agencies are the key to recognize the challenges of the health care workforce.

Engelman, Robert. “Population and Sustainability.Scientific American Summer 2009. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 31-6. Print.

Friedman, Thomas L. “Follow the Money.” The New York Times. 01 Apr. 2014. Web. 17 May 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/opinion/friedman-follow-the-money.html?_r=0>.

Friedman, Thomas L. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. Print.

Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution– and How It Can Renew America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Print. [Amazon]

Fukuyama, Francis. “The Future of History: Can Liberal Democracy Survive the Decline of the Middle Class?” Foreign Affairs (2012): 1-7. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 16-19. Print.

Ghemawat, Pankaj. “Why the World Isn’t Flat.” Foreign Policy (2007). Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 73-5. Print.

“Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World.”  Atlantic Council November 2008.  Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 3-6. Print. 

Goldstone, Jack A. “The New Population Bomb: The Four Megatrends That Will Change the World.” Foreign Affairs (2010): 631-43. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 26-30. Print.

Grunwald, Michael. “Seven Myths about Alternative Energy.Foreign Policy September/October 2009. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 114-7. Print.

“India’s Strongman.” The Economist 411.8888(2014): 11. Print.

Jackson, Robert. Global Issues 13/14. S.l.: Mcgraw-Hill, 2013. Print. [Amazon]

Jiménez-Cisneros, Blancademuth, Siegfriedmishra, Anil. “Water Cooperation to Cope with Twenty-first Century Challenges.” UN Chronicle 50.1 (2013): 16. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 12 May 2014.
The article offers information on the need for water cooperation for dealing with the challenges of the 21st century. This century is challenged by population growth, a changing climate, rapid urbanization, expansion of infrastructure, migration, land conversion and pollution. Water resources management in river basins ensures continued adequate water availability and environmental sustainability.

Jisi, Wang. “China’s Grand Strategy.” Foreign Affairs (2011): 68-79. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 16-19. Print.

Kagan, Robert. “Why the World Needs America.” WallStreetJournal.com 11 February 2012. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 21-23. Print.

Kaplan, Robert D. “The Revenge of Geography.” Foreign Policy May/June 2009. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 128-34. Print.

Lappé, Frances Moore. “The Food Movement Its Power & Possibilities. (Cover Story).” Nation 293.14 (2011): 11. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 17 May 2014.
The article discusses the two sides of the Food Movement in the U.S. The article notes that while the number of hungry people worldwide has increased and only 10 U.S. corporations hold more than half U.S. food and beverage sales, the grassroots global food movement has become increasingly active. The article discusses improvements in farmworkers’ circumstances, land ownership reform in Brazil, and anti-GMO (genetically modified organisms) seeds activism. Narratives from food researchers, authors, and activists Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, and Michael Pollan are presented.

McKibben, Bill. “Climate Change.” Foreign Policy January/February 2009. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 50-2. Print.

Montagne, Renee. “An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60.” NPR. 30 Apr. 2014. Web. 17 May 2014. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/30/306590068/an-afghan-village-of-drug-addicts-from-ages-10-to-60>.

Roy, Olivier. “The Long War Between Sunni And Shia. (Cover Story).” New Statesman 140.5058 (2011): 20. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 17 May 2014.
This article reports on the conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East. The article discusses social unrest, uprisings, and revolutions in Arab countries in 2011, describing the roles of Islam, democracy, and pan-Arabism in countries including Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Information is also provided on the Egyptian revolution, the Hezbollah militant group, and Middle Eastern relations with Israel.

Ratner, Steven. “Geneva Conventions.” Foreign Policy March/April 2008. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 158-60. Print.

Rhoads, Christopher. “Peacekeepers at War.” The Wall Street Journal 23-24 June 2012. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 146-8. Print.

Simpson, Sarah. “The Blue Food Revolution.” Scientific American February 2011. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 44-47. Print.

“View From The Top.” Foreign Policy 191 (2012): 1. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 12 May 2014.
The article provides various international relations (IR) scholars’ thoughts on important foreign policy issues facing the U.S. as of early 2012. Scholars include Francis Fukuyama, Joseph S. Nye, and Kenneth Waltz. Topics examined include the increasing global economic power of China, threats to U.S. national security, and U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to forcefully intervene in the 2011 Libyan conflict.

Walsh, Bryan. “Virus Hunter.” Time 7 November 2011. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 40-3. Print.

“War in the Fifth Domain.” The Economist 3 July 2010. Rpt. in Annual Editions: Global Issues 13/14. By Robert M. Jackson. New York City: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 149-51. Print.

Wearden, Graeme. “Oxfam: 85 Richest People as Wealthy as Poorest Half of the World.” Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 20 Jan. 2014. Web. 27 May 2014. <http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/20/oxfam-85-richest-people-half-of-the-world>.

Wordsworth, William. “The Tables Turned.” Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, 2014. Web. 18 May 2014. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174826>.