Journal of International Affairs

Foreign affairs periodical focuses on policy analysis, including state building and peace operations.

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 2, Spring-Summer

A Singapore in Central America? an Interview with Octavio Sanchez Barrientos
Honduras loses thousands of its citizens to the United States every year, with a total of one million emigrants to date. In February 2011, the Honduran National Congress passed landmark legislation to create a special development region (SDR) modeled...
Between Equity and Impatient Capital: Making Indian Cities: An Interview with Rahul Mehrotra
India, the world's most populous democracy, is in the midst of a monumental transition. Its urban population is expected to more than double in coming decades; within a generation, close to half the country's population will make their homes in cities....
Building "Citizenship Culture" in Bogota
When the citizens of Bogota, Colombia elected Antanas Mockus as mayor in 1995 at the height of violence and bedlam, they expected change, but not the kind Mockus provided. The newly elected leader dressed up in a Superman outfit in an effort to lift...
Cairo 2050: Urban Dream or Modernist Delusion?
Since the late 1960s, Cairo's urban development has been characterized by a rapid expansion of densely populated informal settlements ('ashwa'iyyat) that now house more than 60 percent of Cairo's population. In 2008, the Egyptian government began promoting...
Developing Living Cities: From Analysis to Action
DEVELOPING LIVING CITIES: FROM ANALYSIS TO ACTION Seetharam Kallidaikurichi and Belinda Yuen, editors (Singapore: World Scientific, 2010), 316 pages. Developing Living Cities is a collection of essays from experts on urban planning...
Editors' Foreword
In its sixty-five-year history, the Journal of International Affairs has explored some of the most important transformations of the postwar world: from the U.S. occupation of Germany and Japan to the collapse of the Soviet Union, from democratization...
Finding Solutions for Urban Imbalances: An Interview with Ricky Burdett
As architectural advisor to the mayor of London, Ricky Burdett helped shape he city's skyline and steer urban development in one of the world's most global cities. He began the job on the cusp of an architectural renaissance in 2001, just after the...
Governing the Twenty-First-Century City
This article examines the linkages between urban governance structures and an economically successful and environmentally sustainable democratic city. It will consider both developed and developing cities and the policy challenges that confront them...
"Green" as Spectacle in China
In recent years, environmental protection has increasingly been incorporated into municipal policy agendas in China. Although rising environmental awareness is an indicator of progress toward sustainable practices, a closer examination of recent policies...
Millennium Cities: An Interview with Jeffrey Sachs
By 2030, the number of people living in slums will double to two billion. Yet poverty is only one of the challenges faced by developing countries experiencing rapid urbanization; they also face the loss of arable land, pollution and the environmental...
Overcoming the Sustainability Challenge: An Interview with Guruduth Banavar
Guruduth Banavar is vice president and chief technology officer of the global-public-sector business at IBM. In this role, he oversees the company's global work to create smarter cities--urban areas with vastly improved data management and resource...
Planning for Success: Singapore, the Model City-State?
This article discusses issues of development in Singapore and their implications for other rapidly growing urban areas in Asia. Formerly a British colony, the multiethnic republic of Singapore has flourished in the nearly fifty years since achieving...
Refurbishment as a Sustainable Urban-Design Strategy
As the world's population moves from rural regions to urban centers, it is imperative to design policies and physical environments that can accommodate such a massive influx. In response, many countries have been building cities from scratch, clearing...
Religious Fundamentalisms in the City: Reflections on the Arab Spring
Around the world, we are witnessing new forms of organization, grassroots mobilization, activism and popular uprisings, all seeking democratic change and social justice. These events evoke both optimism and pessimism about our abilities to predict...
The Growing Economic Power of Cities
Amid the gloomy context of the global recession, there is a ray of light: a massive wave of urbanization propelling growth throughout the developing world. By 2025, many of the six hundred cities expected to generate 60 percent of global GDP growth...
The Invention and Reinvention of the City: An Interview with Rem Koolhaas
As cities grow in importance, so too does architecture. Architects are playing leading role in thinking about the future of cities and building structures that will define urban life for hundreds of years to come. They are pushing the boundaries of...
The Paris Banlieue: Peripheries of Inequity
Debates on contemporary urban conditions often center on the periphery of the city where an ever-increasing proportion of the urban population is forced to live. This article focuses on the banlieue--the periphery of Paris--as a model for the breakdown...
Urban America: U.S. Cities in the Global Era
This article considers the impact of globalization on American cities and how these cities will function and compete in a global economy. It argues that almost all American cities grew from an original economic raison d'etre, greatly shaped by the...
Urban Capabilities: An Essay on Our Challenges and Differences
Drawing on extensive research about global cities and citizens, this essay examines whether the proliferation of conflicts in cities across the world can overwhelm the urban capabilities that have historically enabled cities to triage conflict via...
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