Through 2008-2009, the world was confronted by the risk of global economic catastrophe on a scale not experienced since the Great Depression. This resulted in intensive efforts at international cooperation and coordination by national governments. Under the leadership of the U.S., G20 Leaders convened for the first time in Washington DC in November 2008 and over the next twelve months and two further meetings, established itself as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. The subsequent track record, in bureaucratic parlance, has been mixed. Why?
Natural gas has emerged as a potential game changer on China’s path to reduce its reliance on coal and shift to cleaner energy sources. This shift, however, is bound to require costly investments, raise energy prices, and dampen economic competitiveness in the short term.
Bernd Schaefer introduces newly translated documents from West German archives to explore the convergence of interests between Mao Zedong's China and politicians in West Germany in the 1970s.
Japan may no longer be the economic threat it once was, but tensions with the United States still prevail over trade, most notably in pushing forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. While a successful conclusion to the 12-member nation trade pact would reap in great rewards for the global economy, the politics of trade in both Washington and Tokyo present formidable barriers that will likely take several years to overcome.
Enrico Fardella introduces Italian Foreign Ministry documents which provide an inside view of the Sino-Italian negotiations for diplomatic recognition in 1969 and 1970, and the influence of structural changes in the Cold War system on that process.
Reviewing Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến (History of the Southern Resistance), Pierre Asselin suggests that the volume does shed new light on various important issues, and otherwise validates some of our assumptions about the southern revolution, even as it is marred by some serious shortcomings.
John Prados (National Security Archive) frames the issues and arguments in an introduction to the reviews of History of the Southern Resistance (Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến).
Reviewing Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến (History of the Southern Resistance), Nu-Anh Tran concludes that achievements and shortcomings the volume provide a window into understanding the possibilities and limitations of historical research in contemporary Vietnam.
Lutz Baehr provides some additional context to the publication of the History of Southern Resistance.
Merle Pribbenow concludes in his review of Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến (History of the Southern Resistance) that the collection is a valuable resource for the history of the Vietnam Wars, but one which lacks a true Southern “voice.”