36(1) Summer 2014 Archive

By Paweł Cieśla Staszek-Szybki-Jest. CC-BY SA 3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons
36(1) Summer 2014, Economics, Features

Convergence and Soccer: Testing for Convergence

According to the convergence hypothesis, the growth of a nation’s GDP should be negatively correlated with its historical level of GDP; low income nations...
By Chris Greenberg. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
36(1) Summer 2014, Asia, East Asia, Europe, Features, Politics, Western Europe

Olympic Pride: Nationalism at the Berlin and Beijing Games

In the Olympic Games of the modern era, host nations have always had reasons to celebrate their national pride, but none more so than...
FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces increasing pressure over allegations that the Qatar World Cup bid was won through corrupt means. By Marcello Casal Jr./Agencia Brasil. CC-BY 3.0-br, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Americas, Asia, Central Asia, Features, Middle East, Politics, South America

FIFA’s Calling: Giving Qatar the Red Card

“When you work in Qatar you belong to someone. You are not free. You are a slave.” – French-born Moroccan soccer player Abdeslam Ouaddou During Mr....
US President Barack Obama with Hu Jintao, former General Secretary of the Communist Party. By White House (Pete Souza), public domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Featured, North America, Pacific, Perspectives, Politics, Security

Beijing’s Ménluó Doctrine: If it was good for America, should it be good for China?

Beijing has an incremental foreign policy in the South China Sea, which appears to resonate with America’s Monroe Doctrine. When the increasingly assertive new...
Esko Aho at the 2012 Horasis Global Russia Business Meeting. In 2012, he stepped down from the Leadership Team at Nokia to pursue research as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. By Richter Frank-Jurgen, CC BY-SA 2.0., accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Economics, Europe, Interviews, Science & Technology, Western Europe

Digitalizing the Market: The State’s Role in the Future of Europe’s Economy

Considering your experience in both the public and private sectors as the youngest prime minister of Finland and executive board member of Nokia, as...
Polisario troops of the Sahrawi Republic which lays claim to territory in the Western Sahara. By Saharauiak, originally posted to Flickr as Soldadu saharauiak. CC BY-S.A. 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Africa, Asia, Central Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Global Notebook, North Africa, Pacific, Politics, Security

Lines in the Sand: The Problem of Unclear National Borders

It seems odd for revolutions to start over something as trivial as geography. However, when protests in Crimea began in February 2014, protesters argued...
As Brazil rushed to build new stadium infrastructure in time for the 2014 FIFA
World Cup, it faces tough security challenges to ensure a safe tournament. Policemen
don riot-gear to control mass protests in the build-up to the tournament. By Agencia Brazil, CC BY 3.0.-br, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Americas, Current Feature, Features, Security, South America

Dark Shadows: The Threat of Terrorism Hangs Over Brazil

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, held from June 12 to July 13 2014, has come and gone, the country’s logistics and infrastructure need to...
The island nation of Nauru is threatened by extinction within a generation. "Evening Reflections - Nauru" by Hadi Zaher. CC BY 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Asia, Environment, Global Notebook, Oceania, Pacific, Politics, Science & Technology, Southeast Asia

Washed Away: The Threat of Global Warming

In the next 30-50 years, comfortably within the span of the current generation, rising tides will sink a number of island nations, endangering the lives of thousands upon...
Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to the US. By NASA/Bill Ingals, Public domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Africa, Americas, Asia, Economics, Europe, Global Notebook, Politics, Western Europe

Aging Influence: The Commonwealth in the 21st Century

Few intergovernmental organizations which exist solely to further the values of democracy, liberal equality, good governance, and minority rights can boast a membership of...
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36(1) Summer 2014, Letter from the Editors

Summer 2014