Book: China, the United States, and Global Order Rosemary Foot and Andrew Walter, both experts in the fields of international relations/IPE and the East Asian region, explore the relationship of the two countries to these global order issues since 1945. They ask whether the behaviour of each country is consistent with global order norms, and which domestic and international factors shape this behaviour. They investigate how the bilateral relationship of the United States and China influences the stances that each country takes. This is a sophisticated analysis that adroitly engages the historical, theoretical and policy literature. (Taken from an email from Dr. Stuart Shields)
Sputnik Moment: Historic Meeting Between U.S. and China May Spur a Clean Energy Race Following on US-China relations, here’s an article co-authored by my Global Politics Magazine colleague Lucia Green-Weiskel on how China’s massive clean energy/environmental drive may spur the US to think twice about its own environmental technology. “May” is the key word given the Republican-dominated Congress and the constant discourse amongst Republicans that Climate Change is a myth.
On the probability of coupsAid Thoughts weighs in on Paul Collier’s latest argument on “insurance-by-coup” idea and the situation in Côte d’Ivoire. Read the article and also thoughts by Chris Blattman
[Andrew] Mitchell orders review of DFID’s awareness scheme So, is British aid policy really a consensus across the three major parties? The Tory (as I’ve said before no Lib-Dems in it)-led DFID is now saying that awareness programmes should face the axe. Yes perhaps Brazilian troupe dancers won’t increase citizens’ support for aid increases. But the removal of any awareness begs more anti-aid critics.
The Road to Better Aid: An Emerging Bipartisan Consensus Between Bush and Obama, neoliberalism and the projection of American economic hegemony still remains strong. Surprisingly, the MCC bothered to join with the neoconservative think-tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI) over a new aid policy. Yes US (and global) aid policies should be reformed. But looking at it: there's no change. The MCC will still push for strict indicators before countries get US aid and such indicators and just another way of re-embedding neoliberalism.