Archieve of Journal of Global Dialogue

Volume 1 i Number 1 i Summer 1999


The issue of Global Dialogue, July 1999, is devoted to a topic at the forefront of intellectual debate: globalisation, the integration of the world's economy, communications and culture. Distinguished contributors include:

bulletProfessor Saskia Sassen of Chicago University, who writes on the impact of globalisation on national sovereignty
bulletProfessor Irene Gendzier of Boston University, looking at the forces impellig immigrants worlwide to leave their homes in ever-increasing numbers
bulletIndian bioethicist  Vandana Shiva, who describes the predatory behavior of transnational companies in the Third World
bulletBoris Kagarlitsky of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who lays the blame for Russia's financial crisis firmly at the door of the IMF and Western companies
bulletBertil Lintner of the Far Eastern Economic Review, who examines the claim that organised crime is being globalised, with national criminal gangs using the latest technology to co-operate across borders
bulletSlavery expert Kevin Bales, who describes globalisation's role in creating 'disposable people', slaves in all but name who are cheap, require little care and are easily expendable
bulletAnthropologist Helena Norberg-Hodge, who analyses the creation of a worldwide monoculture in dress, eating habits and leisure preferences
bulletEnvironmentalist Joshua Karliner, who discusses the ecological effects of globalisation.

Volume 1 i Number 2 i Autumn 1999

weapons and war

The second issue looks at the international arms trade and war. Experts including Richard Falk ofPrinceton University, Lee Butler, former Commander- in-Chief of US nuclear strategic forces, and Michael Renner of the Worldwatch Institute in Washington examine such issues as Nato's air war against Yugoslavia, nuclear disarmament, and the roots of today's wars. Joanna Bourke of University College, London, describes research findings indicating that many soldiers take an intense, quasi-sexual pleasure, in killing. A more fascinating and informative guide to the changing nature of war would be hard to imagine.

Our final article on the nuclear issue is by the father and son team, Anatoli and Alexei Gromyko of the Russian Academy of Sciences. They provide a detailed review of Russia's nuclear capability and of the latest diplomatic moves to secure cuts in the Russian and American nuclear arsenals. Faced by an expanding Western alliance with a huge lead in advanced conventional weaponry, Russia feels it his no option but to put increased reliance on nuclear weapons to protect its sovereignty.

bulletThe Global Arms Bazaar at Century's End LORA LUMPE
bulletBuy These Planes, or Else! The Hard Sell of Military Advertising GLENN BAKER 
bulletNato Expansion: Jackpot for US Arms Companies? TOMAS VALASEK 
bulletSmall Arms, Global Challenge: The Scourge of Light Weapons OWEN GREENE 
bulletBeating Swords into Ploughshares: Military Conversion in the 1990s MICHAEL BRZOSKA
bulletTechnological Change and Biological Warfare MALCOLM R. RANDO AND SIMON M. WHITBY
bulletNuclear Weapons: Instruments of Pease ERNEST W. LEFEVER 
bulletThe False God of Nuclear Deterrence LEE BUTLER
bulletRussia's Nuclear Imperative ANATOLI AND ALEXEI GROMYKO 
bulletReflections on the Kosovo War RICHARD FALK
bulletNew World Disorder: The Roots of Today's Wars MICHAEL RENNER 
bulletChild Soldiers: The Destruction of Innocence MICHAEL WESSELLS 
bulletThe Lust of Battle: Pain, Pleasure and Guilt JOANNA BOURKE

Volume 1 i Number 3 i Winter 1999-2000

The new universe of faiths

Our winter issue, out in January 2000, focuses on world religions. John Hick examines theological barriers to interfaith dialogue. Ninian Smart looks at relations between Christianity and Theravada Buddhism. Dan Cohn-Sherbok outlines a new Jewish theology of religious pluralism. Riffat Hassan examines Muslim dialogue with Jews and Christians. Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Confucian authors discuss the plase of their particular faith in a universe of other faith.

bulletReligion, Violence and Global Conflict: A Cristian Propospal JOHN HINCK
bulletBelief and Tolerance: Friends, Not Enemies KELLY JAMES CLARK
bulletThe Abrahamic Faiths and Religious Toleration HELMUT SCHMIDT
bulletJudaism and the Copernican Shift in the Universe of Faiths DAN COHN-SHERBOK
bulletOrtodoxy, Liberalism and Tradition METROPOLITAN KIRILL
bulletTrialogue among the Abrahamic Faiths RIFFAT HASSAN 
bulletIslam and the Challenge of Religious Pluralism MAHMOUD M.AYOUB
bulletHinduism and the Encounter with Other Faiths ANANTANAND RAMBACHAN
bulletBuddhism and Interfaith Dialogue METTANANDO BHIKKHU
bulletLearning from One Another: Buddhism and Christianity NINIAN SMART
bulletThe Openness of Confucianism SHU-HSIEN LIU
bulletThe Universal Ideal of Sikhism ARJAN KIPRAL SINGH
bulletThe New Age: A Survey and Critique GEORGE D. CHRYSSIDES
bulletResponsibilities and Rights: The Quest for a Global Ethic HANS KUNG

Volume 1 i Number 4 i Spring 2000

The united nations: reform and renewal

Our spring 2000 issue focuses on the United Nations, its role and future in a changing world order. Sir David Hannay looks at how the UN fits into that collectivity known as the "international community". Jean Krasno asks whether the UN is living up to the ideals of those who drafted the UN Charter. Joseph Schwartzberg forwards proposals for reform of the whole UN system. Raju G. C. Thomas investigates the implications for the world body of Nato's air war against Yugoslavia. Other contributors examine the UN's peacekeeping activities, its humanitarian missions and its possible role in a solution for Jerusalem.

Anatoli and Alexei Gromuko asses weak and strong points of the UN and urge world leaders to preserve it as a linchpin of a multipolar world through careful modernisation.

bulletThe International Community: A Fractious Past and a Vital Future SIR DAVID HANNAY
bulletA Step along an Evolutionary Path: The Founding of the United Nations JEAN KRASNO 
bulletNeeded: A Revitalised United Nations JOSEPH E. SCHWARTZBERG
bulletA Rapid Reaction Capability for the United Nations? GEORGIOS KOSTAKOS
bulletUN Reform: Addressing the Reality of American Power GEOFF SIMONS
bulletThe US, Nato and the UN: Lessons from Yugoslavia RAJU G. C. THOMAS
bulletThe United Nations: Linchpin of a Multipolar World ANATOLI AND ALEXEI GROMYKO
bulletConflicting Interests: The UN versus Sovereign Statehood FARID MIRBAGHERI 
bulletThe Mytif of American Rejectionism STEVEN KULL, CLAY RAMSAY AND PHILLIP WARF
bulletThe Post-Cold War Secretary-General: Opportunities and Constraints EDWARD NEWMAN
bulletPeacekeeping for a New Era: Why Theory Matters A. B. FETHERSTON
bulletJerusalem: A Condominium Solution JOHN V. WHITBECK

Book Reviews

bulletMugged by Madeleine CHRISTOS EVANGELIOU
bulletThe Fallacy of 'Humane Realism ' JIM KAPSIS 
bulletKosovan Narratives STEVAN K. PAVLOWITCH
bulletThe CIA's Afghan Boomerang AMIN SAIKAL

Volume 2 i Number 1 i Summer 2000

Our summer issue examines the morality and political effectiveness of imposing economic sanctions. Gary Sick and Patrick Clawson discuss US sanctions against Iran. Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Barbara Oegg describe the adverse effects of US sanctions on American firms and workers. Daniel Fisk looks at the role of sanctions in the struggle between Congress and the president for control of US foreign policy. Ramesh Thakur argues that sanctions are futile, foolish and inhumane. Other contributors defend the justice and wisdom of sanctions and review sanctions against Cuba and Iraq.