The Brown Journal of World Affairs

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring

Abkhazia and Georgia: Time for a Reassessment
MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN SINCE the summer of 2008 about Russian-Georgian relations and the rights and wrongs of the August fighting that erupted in and around both South Ossetia and, to a lesser extent, Abkhazia. Most commentators, such as foreign correspondents,...
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Authoritarianism and Development in the Third World
ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING debates in comparative political economy pertains to the impact of political regime types on development. More concretely, there is a view that authoritarian regimes are more capable of launching and advancing ambitious developmental...
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Brazil Exercises the Option to Say "No"
THE OPTION T? SAY "NO" to the United States and other industrialized nations is among one of the many indicators that Brazil is emerging not only as the regional leader in South America, but also as a global power on the world stage. This new reality...
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Chechenization: Ironies and Intricacies
THE TERM "CHECHENIZATION" INITIALLY DESCRIBED a set of kremlin policies that handed Chechens responsibility for the conflict in Chechnya, aiming to relieve Russian troops of some combat duties by effectively predetermining a Chechen civil war.If that...
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Editors' Foreword
AS THIS ISSUE OF THE Journal goes to press, certainty and stability hardly serve as apt descriptors of the global state of affairs. Implosions of global wealth and credit markets juxtapose with NorrJi Korea's newest missile launch, upcoming elections...
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Gates, Google, and the Ending of Global Poverty: Philanthrocapitalism and International Development
"PHILANTHROCAPITALISM" - THE USE OF BUSINESS and the market to transform philanthropy and foreign aid - is a recent and much-contested entry into the international development dictionary. To some, it is another "naked emperor": more hype than substance...
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Georgian and Ukrainian Conflicts: The Limitations of NATO
THIS ESSAY IS BEING WRITTEN at a time of unusual opportunity for the world community. President Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on a platform of "change you can believe in." This administration is signaling that...
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Global Affairs: Environment, Politics, and Economics
An Interview with Tushar Khadloya and Solomon EppelProvidence, RI, 25 September 2008/15 April 2009Ricardo Lagos served as President of Chile from 2000-2006. Since leaving office, Lagos founded the Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo (Foundation for Democracy...
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Global Philanthropy and Remittances: Reinventing Foreign Aid
PRIVATE PHILANTHROPY IS REMAKING THE landscape of international development assistance. Remarkable new players have emerged who are finding innovative ways to help the world's poor, and, in the process, are transforming the concept of foreign aid. The...
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Hometown Associations: Transnationalism, Philanthropy, and Development
TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION AND GLOBALIZATION HAVE transformed the relationship between individuals and their surrounding communities, particularly between migrants, their homelands, and their host countries. In the context of this new transnationalism,...
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Indian Foreign and Security Policy: Beyond Nuclear Weapons
IT TOOK INDIA AND THE United States more than three years to conclude a landmark civilian nuclear energy cooperation pact, and during this entire period, the Indian strategic and political elites were consumed by their obsession with the nuclear deal.1...
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Managing Social and Environmental Impact: A New Discipline for a New Economy
THE GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS, business sector, and nonprofit world are awakening from a fantasy. The fantasy was that we could solve poverty, consume natural resources limitlessly, and live extraordinarily well without actually holding ourselves accountable...
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Of Milk and Spacemen: The Paradox of Chinese Power in an Era of Risk
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES RECENTLY PRESENTED two very different narratives of Chinese power. One was the story of China's first spacewalk, epitomizing its significant economic and technological progress in the past thirty years of reform. The other was...
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Russia and the Global Financial Crisis: The End of "Putnism"?
JUST OVER A YEAR AGO, Dmitri Medvedev was elected as the third President of the Russian Federation. His presidential predecessor and long time mentor, Vladimir Putin, assumed the office of prime minister shortly thereafter. In an interview with Itogi,...
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Russia in the Caucasus: Reversing the Tide
THE RUSSIA-GEORGIA WAR of August 2008 transformed the situation in Georgia and has had a profound effect on both the North and South Caucasus. However, the fundamental realities and trends in the region, which can be traced back to the collapse of the...
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The Clinton Foundation: Global Operations
An Interview with Tushar Khadloya and Samuel MagaramProvidence, RI, 31 January 2009, 7 February 2009Brown Journal of World Affairs: Can you give us a basic overview of the Clinton Foundation's initiatives?Ira Magaziner: The Clinton Foundation has a couple...
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The Geopolitics of the Caucasus
STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS OF INTERNATIONAL relations should regularly call to mind the city of Gori. They should remember this city not only as the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, but also as a reminder of the centrality of geography to international politics...
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The Shape of Global Democracy
An Interview with Evan Rolfe and Harvey StephensonProvidence, RI, 16 December 2008Larry Diamond is a senior feUow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he also directs the...
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The United Arab Emirates: Prospects for Political Reform
THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) - a federation of sheikhdoms in the lower Persian Gulf comprising oil-rich Abu Dhabi, as well as the international entrepôt of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Qawain - has for years enjoyed the...
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