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  • September 2010
    Vol.5 No.3
    The G-20 in Seoul:
    A Chance to Repair the Global Economy
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    The G-20 in Seoul: A Chance to Repair the Global Economy

    The G-20 is at a potential turning point as leaders prepare to gather in Seoul in November. The world will be watching to see whether the group continues to gather momentum as a global economic leadership forum or is beset by conflicting priorities and becomes yet another talking shop. The agenda is ambitious, including new items such as development and the need for a global financial safety net. We lay out the issues and what is at stake.

    • Sakong Il
      The G-20 Seoul Summit: Shared Growth Beyond Crisis

      The leaders of the Group of 20 nations will gather in Seoul November 11 to 12 at a time when many skeptics are wondering whether the G-20 can live up to the expectations placed on it when it emerged from the recent financial crisis as the world's leading

    • Menzie D. Chinn
      Threats to the World Economy Remain: Prospects for Growth and Rebalancing

      When the G-20 gathers in November, continuing uncertainty about the prospects for global economic growth and worries about the risks posed by global financial imbalances are likely to dominate the talks. US economist Menzie D. Chinn argues that while ther

    • Richard Portes
      'Wasting the Crisis:' The G-20's Role in Financial Sector Reform

      At the height of the recent financial crisis, the Group of 20 nations appeared to be leading the charge to reform the global financial sector to prevent a repeat of the meltdown that threatened the world economy.

    • Barry Eichengreen
      The G-20 and the IMF: An Uneasy Relationship

      More than a decade after the International Monetary Fund's controversial role in responding to the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, many Asia countries remain understandably wary of publicly engaging the fund.

    • Choong Yong Ahn
      To Remain Relevant, The G-20 Needs Seoul's Development Agenda

      The Group of 20 nations burst onto the world stage at the beginning of the recent global financial crisis, when it became the chosen forum for articulating coordinated action to avert another Great Depression. Since then, however, doubts have arisen about

    • Alan S. Alexandroff
      Stuck in Transition: Conflicting Ambitions for the G-20's Future

      When the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, a curious thing happened. The world turned to the Group of 20 nations, not the elite Group of 8, to call for collective action to avert another Great Depression.

  • The Debate
    Should Japan And South Korea Declare a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone?
    • Peter Hayes
      The Status Quo Isn't Working: A Nuke-Free Zone Is Needed Now

      One thing is clear about past attempts to denuclearize North Korea: They have been an abysmal failure. They have not afforded Pyongyang the sense of security it needs to take real steps to give up its nuclear weapons ambitions.

    • Masashi Nishihara
      A Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Is Unrealistic

      North Korea sees nuclear weapons as a vital tool to press the international community into supplying it with economic aid, to intimidate South Korea into treating it gently and to give it bargaining power with China.

  • Features
    • Ming Hwa Ting
      New Spice Wars: China, the US and Japan Compete For Rare Metals

      Today, a contest is shaping up among China, the US and Japan for access to rare earth metals that are used in minute quantities to manufacture a vast array of products essential to a modern economy - including advanced military hardware.

    • Sunny Peter
      Blood in the Jungle: India's War Within

      In recent years, left-wing extremism in India has spread like a cancer, exploiting the grievances of the poor and leaving a trail of killings that dwarf the chronic unrest in Kashmir.

    • Walter C. Clemens, Jr
      How Should Democrats Deal With Dictators?

      The USSR, Libya and now North Korea have all posed one of the thorniest of diplomatic and ethical questions: should democratic leaders be prepared, for the sake of the greater good, to meet and negotiate with despots and leaders for whom terror and tyrann

    • Mikyoung Kim
      'Obamajority' or Realpolitik? Japan's Nuclear Double Standards

      While the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still signifies the horrors of nuclear warfare, the anti-nuclear priorities of Hiroshima's leaders today seem inexplicably at odds with the reality of shaping Japanese national defense policy.

    • Ban Ki-moon
      The Atomic Bomb's Legacy

      Remarks by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, August 6, 2010

    • Mika Shimizu
      Managing Global Health Disaster Risks in Asia: Lessons from the H1N1 Case in Japan

      The global health disaster risks of the H1N1 pandemic influenza presented an enormous challenge. H1N1 was not an isolated event but part of an uncertain and complex set of risks affected by accelerated globalization.

  • Book Reviews
    • Seung-won Suh
      Identity in the Balance: Japanese Neo-Nationalism

      The works of Sang-jung Kang, a Korean resident of Japan and one of Japan's best-known social critics, provide some of the most insightful commentaries on the evolution of nationalism in the country today. Reviewed by Seung-won Suh.

    • Simon S.C. Tay
      From Interdependence to Dangerous Divide

      In an excerpt from Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide From America, the author considers how the ongoing global financial crisis is changing Asia and America.

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