ICD Advisory Board Publications

ICD Advisory Board Member Recent Book Publication: Saving Globalization: Why Globalization and Democracy Offer the Best Hope for Progress, Peace and Development

by Mike Moore (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Former Director General of the World Trade Organization)
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Globalization is not new, nor is it a policy, it’s a process that has existed as long as man looked over the horizon, travelled and traded.  It can’t be stopped but it can be slowed.  It came to a grinding halt in August 1914 and the Marxist detour cost millions of lives and lost three generations their opportunity and hope in many countries.  More wealth has been created in the past 60 years than in all of history.  After the most successful decade of sustained economic growth in history, this progress is threatened. 

Extreme inequality, corruption and environmental degradation threaten the stability and legitimacy of many developing countries’ regimes.  Anti-globalization and anti-capitalist campaigners’ confidence has been emboldened due to the present economic crisis.  Protectionist rhetoric is growing as are the arguments to control and regulate markets.  Leaders are meeting to discuss how to face these problems and create a new international architecture.  How did we get to this position? What should we do?  What is it that determines why some contemporary states are successful while others have failed?

Saving Globalization departs from its analysis of the globalised economy in the twenty-first century to answer these question by tracing the development of what Moore considers to be ‘the big ideas of history’: democracy, independent courts, the separation of church and state, property rights, independent courts, a professional civil service, and civil society. Democratic capitalism has worked for most people.  Why?  It is a remarkable story, from the Greeks to the Geeks, encompassing technological progress and the corrections and contradictions between liberty and equality, technology, growth and the environment.  In defense of the many virtues and opportunities that globalization offers, Mike Moore makes the case for a fresh and new approach to our international Institutions and for domestic policies that promote equity and fairness.

The book controversially attacks the new enemies of reason and evidence. The threats now come from all sides, especially workers in developed countries who fear for their jobs. Mike Moore is a political practitioner turned theoretician. For More information about Mike Moore please click here

Decentering America

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Edited by ICD´s Board member Dr.Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht "Decentering" has fast become a dynamic approach to the study of American cultural and diplomatic history. But what precisely does decentering mean, how does it work, and why has it risen to such prominence? This book addresses the attempt to decenter the United States in the history of culture and international relations both in times when the United States has been assumed to take center place. Rather than presenting more theoretical perspectives, this collection offers a variety of examples of how one can look at the role of culture in international history without assigning the central role to the United States. Topics include cultural violence, inverted Americanization, the role of NGOs, modernity and internationalism, and the culture of diplomacy. Each subsection includes two case studies dedicated to one particular approach which while not dealing with the same geographical topic or time frame illuminate a similar methodological interest. Collectively, these essays pragmatically demonstrate how the study of culture and international history can help us to rethink and reconceptualize US history today.

Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, a Heisenberg fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, is teaching at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. She has previously taught at the universities of Virginia, Bielefeld, Halle-Wittenberg, and Harvard. Her special field of interest is the interplay of culture and international relations since the 18th century. She is currently completing a book on the role of music and emotions in transatlantic relations since 1850.

To order, please click here: http://www.berghahnbooks.com

Explique-moi. . . Le Parlement européen

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ICD advisory board member Fabrice Serodes just published his newest book in French: " Explique-moi. . . Le Parlement européen" together with a preface written by Hans-Gert Pöttering, the President European Parliament.

To learn more about the book, see here: http://www.nane-editions.fr

Seychelles Global Citizen

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The Autobiography of the Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles

There is growing competition for power and influence in the Indian Ocean which is considered the world's pre-eminent energy and trade interstate seaway at the time when China and India find themselves locked in an "uncomfortable embrace." No one is better qualified to tell this story than Sir James R. Mancham KBE, Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, the 110 idyllic islands archipelago, who was overthrown in a Marxist coup in 1977 while he was in London to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Sir James was also the lawyer for Philco-Ford, Pan Am and RCA when the US Air Force decided to build a strategic tracking station in Seychelles to gather military intelligence over the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. (read more)

"Sound Diplomacy - Music and Emotions in Transatlantic Relations, 1850-1920"

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by Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht

Published by: University of Chicago Press

Between 1850 and 1910, the United States was a rising star in the international arena, and several European nations sought to strengthen their ties to the republic through cultural means. France capitalized on its art, Britain on its social ties and literature, and Germany promoted classical music. Sound Diplomacy retraces these efforts to export culture as an instrument of nongovernmental diplomacy, paying particular attention to the role of conductors.

Delving into a treasure trove of archives that document cross-cultural interactions between America and Germany, Jessica Gienow-Hecht uncovers the remarkable history of the musician as a cultural symbol of German cosmopolitanism. Seen as sexually attractive and emotionally expressive, German players and conductors acted as an army of informal ambassadors for their home country, and Gienow-Hecht argues that their popularity in the United States paved the way for an emotional elective affinity that survived broken treaties and several wars and continues to the present.

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