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World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

Works: 51 works in 51 publications in 1 language and 52 library holdings
Genres: History  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Cross-cultural studies 
Classifications: HM206, 303.4
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Most widely held works by World Affairs Council of Jacksonville
Loot the battle over the stolen treasures of the ancient world by Sharon Waxman( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ms Waxman examines how art and archaeological treasures from ancient cultures brought back to the West in the 18th and 19th centuries became the core collection for the great museums. In recent years, the countries where ancient civilizations originated have begun to push back, taking museums to court, prosecuting curators, and threatening to force the return of these priceless objects. Waxman examines the implications for the preservation of the objects themselves and for how we understand and deal with the world's shared cultural heritage
Is greatness slipping away? by Jon Meacham( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Meacham describes how he believes America should orient itself for the next fifty years. He discusses his view of the American character and argues for an informed "followership" in addition to a high quality leadership in the U.S. government
The crisis of Islam [holy war and unholy terror] by Bernard Lewis( Recording )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Dr. Lewis discusses the usage of the term "Islam" to describe both a religion and a civilization which grew up around Islam, the religion. Christianity historically makes a distinction between church and state. Islam makes no distinction. Dr. Lewis examines the many ramifications which arise from this historical difference. While he is optimistic that some form of democratic government can be established in the Middle East, there are many who profit from the status quo. Lewis points to the complex relationships that have grown up from the 17th century colonial occupation of the Middle East by Britain and France. Islamic countries have a sense of defeat and humiliation since the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. This sense of humiliation has lead to the growth of a fanatical version of Islam, the Wahhabi movement, which was founded in the 1820s. Wahhabism is the form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia and in many of the oil rich countries of the Gulf. These countries use their oil wealth to establish influential mosques and schools so that increasingly the younger generation is being taught a radical form of Islam. Marilyn McAfee, President of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, provides preliminary introductory comments
The civil war of ideas in Islam by Ḥusain Ḥaqqānī( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Haqqani describes the growing numbers of Muslims in the world many of who live in societies which are not free and who must struggle with poverty and illiteracy. Haqqani builds a context for the current tensions by describing how powerful Islam was from the 6th to 11th centuries. They attained great political power and intellectual and cultural standards. They withdrew from involvement with the world as their power faded and as the West moved into the period of the Renaissance. Since that time, Muslims have struggled to regain a sense of power. Haqqani identifies four types of Muslims: Revivalists, who believe that the cause of their decline is that they don't behave as their pious 6th century ancestors did and who therefore believe that a return to fundamentalist principles will assure a regaining of power; Traditionalists, who don't want to change the world but don't want to change themselves to fit a modern world; Secularists, who want the state to push back religion and remove it from government; Modernists, who want to move forward cooperatively in a world that includes Islam. Types 1-3 are all antagonistic to the West. The consequences of these conflicting views are the what the West has to deal with. The U.S. must engage with the Muslim world and learn to understand the differences between Revivalists and Tradionalists. Revivalists are about 20% of all Muslims. That is 20% of 1.4 billion people who want to return society to 6th century standards and expectations. The U.S. cannot continue to treat "friendly" Muslim governments as if their teaching of hatred doesn't matter
Guns, germs, and steel by Jared M Diamond( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Dr. Diamond revisits his theories regarding why some cultures conquer other cultures and connects this to modern day examples of nations that are succeeding and those who are failing. He applies the theory to current business and institutional applications and demonstrates how the same forces that allowed the Aztecs to be overcome by Europeans are at work in today's developing, or failing, nations. Dr. Diamond describes how geographic features help a nation succeed and how the unequal distribution of grains and animals which lend themselves to domestication has made all the difference in the success of cultures. Includes a question and answer session with the author
The Arab-Israeli conflict by Martin Indyk( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Indyk discusses the fragile nature of the Middle East and assesses the current status of US interests. Whoever is elected President of the United States in 2008, needs to restore a balance between diplomacy and force. Indyk sees Iran's nuclear situation as a first priority. If the US and world powers do not act to suppress Iran's nuclear ambitions, Israel will act and that will immensely complicate all relations in the Middle East. Indyk suggests three lines of action that the next President needs to take. Re prioritize Iraq and let the Iraqis stand on their own. Secondly, make Iran a priority and be prepared to engage directly with the Iranians with no preconditions. Thirdly, the US needs an energy policy which will eliminate its dependence on Middle East oil. In Indyk's view, without an effective energy policy, the US government will not be able to effectively achieve other goals
How Europeans see the United States by John Andrews( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mr. Andrews describes the United States as viewed very positively in Europe following 9/11. But attitudes have become more negative as a result of several factors, including: the personality and character of George W. Bush especially the initiation of the war with Iraq; the changing geopolitical landscape as it has evovled since the end of the cold war; and, a growing realization that Europeans and Americans aren't really all that alike. America's demonstrative patriotism is seen by Europeans as gingoistic arrogance. America's close ties to fundamentalist religious beliefs seems naive to a more secular European populist. Andrews believes that it is time for Europeans and Americans to recognize and accept their differences. There is more that unites Europeans and Americans than divides them. Isolation is not the answer in a dangerous global environment. It is time to strengthen the United Nations and use their neutral diplomatic skills to resolve problems
The future of freedom is there still hope? by Fareed Zakaria( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Fareed Zakaria, journalist, author and commentator, reviews how the world stage has changed in the last thirty years. Even though the "front page" is full of war and tragedy, the "business page" tells a story of a vibrant and expanding world economy. In a wide ranging review, Zakaria puts the current state of world politics, economics and expanding technology in perspective. He describes how the world has gone through three major shifts: the first was the rise of the Western World; the second was the rise to dominance of the United States; and the third is just commencing with the rise of the rest of the world. This later shift is the fulfillment of "great mission" of the United States, to globalize itself. He warns that for America to continue to be successful, the politicians in Congress must be made to work toward common goals because the current political system is broken. America as a culture must also stop being scared of the new world order which is developing as nations begin to fulfill their economic and political destiny. For Zakaria, the United States is no longer the only game in town and that's ok
The Middle East at a crossroads the view from Egypt by Nabil Fahmy( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Egypt's Ambassador to the United States, Nabil Fahmy, describes Egypt as an ancient culture with a very long heritage. It lies at the crossroad of Africa, Asia and Europe. It is used to dealing with foreigners and sees itself as part of a larger world. U.S. history is shorter and less diverse. It is willing to go it alone. Egypt is used to doing things with others. U.S. looks at everything as needing to be done immediately. Egypt is the trend setter in the Middle East. It can play a defining role in how the Middle East develops. As with other Middle East countries, the majority of their populatiion is 25 years old or younger. They are globally connected and have high expectations. Egypt needs to keep its economy growing to provide jobs for the citizens and that is true of all of the Middle East. Societies must become empowered and engaged. Egypt needs peace and stability in the region to foster development and provide jobs to their citizens so it can develop a strong middle class. The Arab-Israeli situation must be dealt with. It affects the environment of the entire region. Egyptians see the Arab-Israel situation as their biggest domestic problem. In Fahmy's opinion supporting Egypt will do a lot to improve the U.S. image in the Middle East. America's image is at its best when it is seen as a force for peace in the Middle East. There are four issues to resolve to find solidify an Arab-Israeli peace: territory, Jerusalem, refugees, and security for Israel. Terrorism and its globalization means it is a problem that all the nations must solve together. Developing democracy is not an issue so much as economic stability. We are entering the era where politics means developing a balance of interests between nations
Charting uncertain waters the outlook for the world economy by Zanny Minton Beddoes( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Economist's economics editor, describes the forces that created the current economic crisis. She posits that unless decisions are made carefully the use of massive government lending programs may be deferring but not ultimately resolving the crisis. Beddoes speculates on possible paths the various world economies may follow over the next ten years and gives a context for the upcoming realignment of economic forces between the established "rich" economies and the emerging economies of countries like China, India and Brazil
Why do they hate us? America in a new world by Fareed Zakaria( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Describes how the enormous amount of money generated by oil has allowed Middle Eastern countries to circumvent the process of normal political and economic modernization. This disruption of social and political growth has caused discontent and frustration to be expressed primarily in the religious setting of the mosque thereby channeling political and economic frustration through a messianic message. Zakaria considers terrorism to be a world wide problem that must be resolved through a cooperative world wide solution. The threat of terrorism cannot solved by the United States acting alone. He states that the more the economies of the world are globalized the more all sorts of problems (social, political, religious, etc.) and solutions will also need to be resolved cooperatively among nations. Includes introductory remarks by Dr. David Kline, Interim President of the University of North Florida and Marilyn McAfee, President of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville
Diplomacy, the military and the future of the Middle East by John Abizaid( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
General John Abizaid, the former commander of the U.S. Central Command, describes the four big strategic problems the U.S. and its allies face in the Middle East: the rise of Sunni extremists and Islamic fundamentalism exemplified by Al-Qaeda; the rise of Shiite extremism in Iran; the ongoing Arab/Israeli conflict; and, oil and the lack of a cohesive U.S. energy policy. Abizaid warns that fundamentalist religious movements in the Middle East and their determination to export their brand of religious/political beliefs is now and for the foreseeable future will be, the most serious problem in the Middle East. Abizaid believes that if U.S. forces leave the region before viable governments are in place in Iraq and Afghanistan, there could be a disastrous collapse of order and a rise and expansion of fundamentalist governments which suppress and exploit their citizens
The outlook for success in Iraq and Afghanistan by Douglas E Lute( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
General Lute describes conditions in Iraq as the U.S. begins to wind down combat operations. He discusses the change of mission and what he sees as the challenges ahead for the Iraqis as their government moves forward to provide security and stability for its citizens. Lute considers Afghanistan to be a much tougher problem. He believes it will take many years to transition to a stable nation. The Afghan government is currently very weak. The Taliban see this as an opportunity to challenge the government and regain control of the country. The border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan are increasingly used as safe havens by major insurgency groups in the region. Lute predicts that it will be Pakistan that will prove the biggest foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration as Pakistan struggles to transition to a fully democratic nation and defeat extremist elements. Lute believes that the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan may well get worse before it gets better. Durable, long term solutions will only come from the citizens of the countries. Solutions cannot be imposed. The United States can only assist and support
Beyond global death by black hole & other cosmic quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Dr. Neil Tyson discusses the twelve ways the universe is trying to kill us, starting from the microbe level and progressing to the sun becoming a red giant
Chinese lessons by John Pomfret( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Journalist John Pomfret describes what happened in China during the upheaval of 1989, how China changed course following 1989 and how the Chinese communist party has managed to maintain its powerful grip on its citizens. He discusses some of the major issues he sees for the economic powerhouse. Demographically, in twenty years much of the Chinese population will be over 60 years old with few social programs in place to service an aging population. China's rush to industrialize has created major environmental problems which will require massive expenditures to clean up. China will be looking forward to a future based in the information age with the Party still tightly controlling the flow of information to and between citizens. And, most importantly, Chinese citizens face the future with a fractured sense of what it means to be Chinese
The battle of Baghdad the war of ideas by John F Burns( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
John Burns, journalist for the New York Times assigned to Baghdad, describes his experiences leading up to and including the war in Iraq. He tells of the disastrous last days of the Sadam Hussein regime
Policy options for the Obama administration on the financial and economic crisis by Steven R Weisman( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mr. Weisman describes the current financial meltdown in the United States and around the world. He comments on the evolution of the global economy over the last 50 years. In his view, the Obama administration must not just save the U.S. economy, but lead the world to a new regulatory system that protects investors, homeowners, and consumers but doesn't stifle economic creativity. Weisman believes it is important to avoid protectionism in solving the broad financial crisis. He favors a strategy of trying different approaches and not committed to only one way of thinking. New solutions and combinations of old solutions may emerge
The United States and European Union competitors or allies? by Gerard Baker( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Gerard Baker discusses the transatlantic relationship between Western Europe and the United States, the extent of damage to their working relationshiop over recent differences and the possibility that Western Europe and the United States may eventually go their separate ways. Baker believes that whatever the eventual relationship of Western Europe to the U.S., it is unlikely that the United Kingdom will move away from its historic relationship with the U.S. to become a full partner in the European Union. He details what he sees to be the major differences in the viewpoints of the U.S. and the EU, including a perceived desire to dissolve NATO in favor of a united European defense association
Iran, Iraq and the U.S. high stakes relationships by Thomas Reeve Pickering( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mr. Pickering see political reforms and negotiation as essential to settling issues surrounding Middle East problems. He advocates land reform, election reform and negotiated solutions. He describes the need to strengthen and federalize Iraq's police and militia, to enable reconciliation between the warring factions. He cites the role of negotiation as important to airing the respective views of the Muslim factions. In Iran, he suggests that the UN help set up a program to produce nuclear energy without the possibility of creating nuclear war heads
China the emerging giant by J. Stapleton Roy( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Former ambassador to China, J. Stapleton Roy discusses the emerging role of China as a potentially powerful nation in the world. As China continues to develop significant economic and military strength, it is in the best interest of world peace and development for governments, especially the U.S. government, to not overreact. To succeed economically and socially, China's strategy requires a stable world political situation for the next 30 years. Therefore, it is highly unlikely, ambassador Roy speculates, that China's leaders would act in a way that would destabilize the world economic, political or military situation. Includes welcoming remarks by Dr. Mark Workman, University of North Florida Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs and an introduction by Ambassador Marilyn McAffee
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