Center for Global Studies Policy Briefs

In response to increasing significance of global issues, the Center for Global Studies launched the quarterly Policy Brief series in the summer of 2008.  In accordance with the four-fold mission of the Center, this publication seeks to address more fully issues of both local and international concern for the campus community and other interested parties across the country and throughout the world.


A Brief Tale of Two Neoliberal Governances: The Evolving Redevelopment Rhetoric of Buenos Aires and Chicago

March 1, 2012
Author(s): Carolina Sternberg
Affiliation: PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

Carolina Sternberg discusses the relation between economic conditions and the tone of governmental rhetoric regarding the urban poor living in the lower-class areas of Chicago and Buenos Aires.

 

The American University Meets the Pacific: How the Increasing Enrollments of Students from Asia are Transforming the American University

January 1, 2012
Author(s): Nancy Abelmann, Soo Ah Kwan, Tim Liao, Adrienne Lo
Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

The project and lecture series are principally interested in the American university as a contact zone in which record levels of international undergraduates, largely from Asia, meet American students whose futures are increasingly impacted by global transformations, the economic and scientific rise of Asia among them. Reflecting the research expertise of the faculty members, the project focuses on China and South Korea, which are also the largest sending countries for international undergraduates at UIUC and in the United States at large. Further, the project focuses on the Colleges of Engineering and Business. Locally and nationally, these are the areas with the greatest international student concentration, and the fields in which Americans most worry that they are losing, or even have lost, global preeminence.

 

A Global Review of Sustainable Consumption Policies

October 27, 2010
Author(s): Rebecca Gresh
Affiliation: PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

Rebecca Gresh discusses the current status of industrialized countries’ uses of world resources, as well as recent actions to address sustainable consumption. She notes that critiques of the recent Marrakech Process by scholars demonstrate the need for increasing structural and collective measures to address sustainable consumption in an equitable way.

 

Cultural Heritage: Opportunities and Conundrums

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June 8, 2010
Author(s): Helaine Silverman
Affiliation: Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

In this issue, Professor Helaine Silverman critically examines UNESCO and World Heritage Sites. She argues that a permanent Working Group on World Heritage Sites, and a series of workshops and symposia involving scholars and heritage practitioners (from developed and developing countries, and including representatives from public as well as private heritage organizations) would be extremely beneficial to begin a long-term assessment, discussion, and reformulation of cultural heritage policy globally.

 

Reforming Pre-Service Education to Fit the Times and Shape the Future

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June 1, 2009
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Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

American education faces two long-term, formidable imperatives. The first is to invest a population with the skills to compete in a global economy and to apply these skills to solve the many and multiplying problems confronting the nation and the peoples of the globe. We expect our schools to furnish these skills and understanding of the world. So far reports on this front have been disappointing. Successive national surveys reveal that K-12 students lack the basics of history, geography, economics, mathematics and science. They are falling behind their peers in other countries around the globe.

 

The Changing Architecture of Global Science

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March 24, 2009
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Affiliation: Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

The emerging political economy of global science is a significant factor influencing economic, social and cultural development, building national systems of innovation, and the rise of new multinational corporate, private/public and community involvement. It is only since the 1960s with the development of research evaluation and increasing sophistication of bibliometrics that it has been possible to map this emerging economy of global science on a comparative national and continental basis.

 

The Economic Consequences of U.S.—Iran Relations

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October 10, 2008
Author(s): Hadi Esfahani
Affiliation: Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

Professor Hadi Salehi Esfahani reveals a curious correlation between the price of oil and dynamical U.S.-Iran relations, explaining economic consequences of ongoing political tension while offering practical approaches to abatement as well.

 

Some Hard Truths You Should Know about Global Warming

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August 8, 2008
Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Abstract:

Professor Michael Schlesinger presents a case for further action on the part of the international community to monitor the effects of human activity upon the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.