The Harvard International Review is excited to announce the publication of our first ever Anniversary Book, celebrating 35 years of international relations and with articles from Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, and 46 other leaders in international relations.
Continue reading for the official press release regarding the book, which was released in April.
Cambridge, MA – On April 29, the Harvard International Review (HIR) will launch the Harvard International Review 35th Anniversary Book, which compiles 35 years of original contributions to the HIR from 49 leaders in international relations, including three UN secretaries-general, seven Nobel Peace Prize laureates, four Nobel Economics Prize laureates, and 11 heads of state. The launch event will be on April 29, 2015 from 7-9pm in the Harvard Belfer Case Study Room at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) South S020 located at 1730 Cambridge Street. The event will be open to the public.
Founded in 1979, the HIR is a quarterly journal and website of international relations published by the Harvard International Relations Council and currently overseen by editors-in-chief Neha Dalal and James Watkins. For 35 years, the HIR has offered groundbreaking discourse on global developments in politics, economics, business, science and technology, and culture, as well as interviews with prominent global leaders.
In the nearly 300 page Anniversary Book, new analysis takes the words of 49 of the most influential players in international relations, places them in historical context, and critically and academically analyzes the claims made. Taken together, the book highlights some of the most important global issues in recent memory, from the Cold War to the War on Terror, from the rise of Japan to the rise of China, from the NICs to the BRICS, and from the Washington Consensus to the Millennium Development Goals. Political leaders from nations including the US, Germany, South Africa, Myanmar, Pakistan, Germany, Italy, Senegal, and Rwanda provide a series of snapshots about pivotal moments in their nations’ histories; economists including Sen, Laffer, Tobin, Sachs, Krugman, and Stiglitz discuss changing economic theory; and other notables including author Isaac Asimov, thinker Noam Chomsky, and astronaut John Glenn span an array of other issues.
The Anniversary Book also reveals the often surprising flow of international relations discourse. For example, it includes a vision for global relations penned by Helmut Kohl for the HIR in 1989, just a few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. While optimistic about better East-West relations, Kohl nonetheless “predicts that the 21st century will be a continuation of Cold War geopolitics, that Eastern and Western Europe will remain divided, and that the world will remain hostage to the confrontation or fear of confrontation between two superpowers” (from the upcoming Anniversary Book). In 1990, Kohl would become the first chancellor of a reunified Germany.