Fall 2005

ISSN 1558-9855

VOL. 1, NO. 1

‘Iraqi Reconstruction, Afro-Asian Identity, and Neoliberalism: Globalization in Perspective’

reconstruction“Reconstruction in Iraq: How Much is Needed, How Can it be Measured?” by David Davis

Davis analyzes reconstruction effort in terms of the dollar amounts planned and expended, but points to the difficulties of measuring the overall impact on stability in Iraq.

foreignaid“Exiting Iraq: The Economic Reasoning” by Christopher Coyne

Cyone offers a timely review of economic and ethical debates at the core of U.S. foreign policy in Iraq and poses a number of provocations in terms of future American options.

torture“Public Policy and the Problem of Torture” by James Pfiffner

Pfiffner argues that it is an open question about how the broad framing of the conflict in Iraq may have affected the willingness of U.S. soldiers to torture detainees.

zuluwarrior“Remaking Zulu Identity in an Era of Globalization” by Benedict Carton

Carton looks at the repackaging and commodification of Zulu identity for a globalizing tourist industry.

platformcaspiansea“China and Africa: A Case in “Petro Politics” by Marcel Kitissou

Kitissou critically examines Chinese investment and Beijing’s geostrategic motivations towards the continent.

africanasian“Blacks and Asians in Global Perspective  “ by Hazel McFerson

McFerson believes that the history of troubled relations between Africans and Asians may be slowly giving way to a new recognition of common interests and reality of cooperation. 

languages“Internationally Distributed Teams: Challenges of Language and Culture” by Catherine Durnell Cramton

Drawing on her fieldwork, Cramton  found that building awareness of the perspectives of co-workers with different language backgrounds and proficiencies is an important step in bridging miscommunication and cooperation gaps in corporate and globalized work environments. 

“Social Transformations through Literature: Le Bistouri des Larmes” by Lindsay Irvine

In his book, Le Bistouri des Larmes, Ramonu Sanusi grapples with cultural heritage, both ancient and modern, through the language of occupation.