The Brown Journal of World Affairs

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring

Between National Division and Rapacious Individualism: Ukraine before and after the Orange Revolution
Since 1991, Ukraine has experienced dynamic political competition with the growth of a relatively powerful parliament and four turnovers in leadership. Such political contestation has been rooted in the divisions between eastern and western Ukraine,...
China's Security, China's Demographics: Aging, Masculinization, and Fertility Policy
WITH 1.3 BILLION PEOPLE, CHINA is the most populous state in the world and comprises approximately 20 percent of the total world population. In March 2006, Zhang Weiqing, head of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, announced that...
Contradictions in U.S. Foreign Policy
NOAM CHOMSKYProfessor Emeritus of LinguisticsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyNoam Chomsky is an institute professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an active critic of U.S. foreign policy...
Editors' Foreword
THE PROTESTS, ARRESTS, AND CONFLICTS over human rights and independence that have so far marred the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics demonstrate the oftquoted argument that authority cannot be defined only by force, but must include notions of shared...
Female Sex Tourism in Barbados: A Postcolonial Perspective
THE PREVAILING IMAGE OF SEX tourism is one in which a Western male sex tourist travels to the developing world-particularly Southeast Asia-to find an otherized female sex worker. Early studies on sex tourism tended to focus on this image, posing the...
Gender Inequality and Religious Personal Laws in India
CONTEMPORARY INDIA is A MULTICULTURAL society that is pluralistic with regards to religious law. Different groups in India have separate religious personal laws (RPLs), which India's secular state is reluctant to reform. However, these laws have generated...
Has Anything Changed? Deprivation, Disparity, and Discrimination in Rural India
DESPITE GLOWING ACCOUNTS OF HOW well the Indian economy has performed in recent years, India's traditionally disadvantaged groups remain mired in acute poverty. The caste system in India is divided into Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaisyas...
Health Inequalities in India: The Axes of Stratification
ON 25 JANUARY 2008, INDIA'S first female president, Pratibha Patel, voiced an appeal on the eve of the country's 59th Republic Day, echoing concerns about the need to reconcile economic growth with social inclusion in society. India's impressive economic...
"How Could Anyone Respect Us?": A Century of Olympic Consciousness and National Anxiety in China
"China has never produced an earthshaking scientist or author or explorer... not even a talented athlete for the Olympics! When you think about it, how could anyone respect us?"- Novelist Lao She, Ma and Son (1935)1MUCH OF THE HISTORY OF China's modern...
India's Divide: Economic Growth and Marginalized Groups
PARTHA CHATTERJEEProfessor of AnthropologyColumbia UniversityPartha Chatterjee is a professor ofanthropolgy at Columbia University and director of the Centre far Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. He is author of A. Possible India, The Present History...
Iraq's Past, Present, and Future
ALIA LLAWISenior Associate MemberOxford UniversityAn Interview with Craig KennedyProvidence, RI, 21 February 2008Ali Allawi served as the minister of trade and minister of defense in the cabinet appointed by the Interim Iraq Governing Council in 2003...
Left Behind? Women, Politics, and Development in India
ACROSS AFRICA, EUROPE, AND LATIN America, a number of women have in recent times been elected heads of government. More than four decades ago, India's Indira Gandhi was only the third woman in the world to lead a democratic country. Several decades earlier,...
Nike Nations
The differences of locality are neither preexisting nor natural but rather effects of a regime of production .... Globalization, like localization, should be understood instead as a regime of the production of identity and difference. . . local identities...
Reforming the United Nations
John Bolton served as the permanent representative to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006. He is a former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Richard...
Sex Education in a Fractured World: Towards a Social-Ecological Approach
TODAY, IN OUR GLOBALIZED WORLD, we have the largest-ever generation of young people.1 Over 86 percent of them live in developing countries, where this period of life has only recently begun to be recognized as significant.2 In most developing countries,...
Sport in International Development: Time to Treat It Seriously?
When the 2004 edition of Sport and International Relations: An Emerging Relationship was written, the editors identified the need to analyze the interplay between sport and international affairs. While this publication considered some of those relationships,...
The Cold War on Ice
IN THE 19805, INTERNATIONAL ICE hockey legend Anatoli Tarasov-the architect of the Soviet hockey program that had dominated Olympic and world championship hockey since the early 1960s-visited Boston to speak at Northeastern University. That evening Tarasov...
The Debt Threat: A Risk to U.S.-China Relations?
CHINA'S SUBSTANTIAL HOLDINGS OF U.S. government debt and the creation of a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) are causing concern that U.S. economic and national security may be at risk. Rapid economic growth, record current account surpluses, and a high domestic...
The Muslim World in the Global Sporting Arena
The dominant line in Western scholarship argues that the emergence of modern sport in nineteenth century Europe was associated with the advent of capitalism, industrialization, urbanization, and the nation-state system. Hence, based on the ideas of regulation,...
The Social Dimension of Trade: The Village Blacksmith Paradox
(ProQuest: ... denotes text missing in the original.)THERE HAVE BEEN A SERIES of challenging developments in U.S. trade policy in recent months. Headlines proclaim the Doha Trade Round is in trouble. The lapse of the U.S. president's Trade Promotion...
The United States' Four Deficits
NEARLY A CENTURY AGO, FORMER U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt said, "We have to, as a nation, exercise foresight... and if we do not exercise that foresight, dark will be the future!"1 Unfortunately, these words of wisdom seem to have been forgotten...
U.S. Debt and Soverign Wealth Funds
NOURIEL ROUBINIProfessorNew York University, Stern School of BusinessNouriel Roubini is a professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University and chairman of Roubini Global Economics. Roubini is the author of Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding...