UK Development Secretary Douglas Alexander suggests action on three fronts to help poorer countries during 2010, in an article for the first edition of the new LSE journal Global Policy.
Mr Alexander argues that the economic crisis has become a social crisis for the world's most disadvantaged – pushing a further 100 million below the poverty line and leaving many families to make impossible choices such as which of their children to feed.
He writes that reforming the World Bank to give a stronger voice to low income countries, completing the Doha trade round and speeding up progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals are the three essential actions for the coming year. Mr Alexander writes: 'Far from being insulated from the financial crisis, as many observers had thought, people in these countries are finding their livelihoods – even their lives – under threat.'
Global Policy, available at www.globalpolicyjournal.com , is an innovative new journal that brings together academics and leaders to analyse solutions to the world's most pressing problems. It is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science, published in association with Wiley Blackwell and distributed worldwide.
The launch edition also includes an article by General David Petraeus, Head of US Central Command, describing how military experience from Iraq and Afghanistan suggests a new philosophy for military deployments in the future.
General Petraeus sees future military operations as more focused on protecting civilians. General Petraeus writes: 'We cannot kill or capture our way out of industrial strength insurgencies' and says that putting forces among the communities they are meant to be securing is essential, rather than trying to 'commute' to war.'
He identifies four key lessons for coalition forces: focus on the people, work across boundaries, exercise initiative, and live our values. Petraeus says that the side which learns and adapts quickest is more likely to succeed.
The journal also includes an analysis of the financial crisis by Professor Ian Goldin and Tiffany Vogel of Oxford University which argues that all the world's governing bodies need urgent reform if they are cope with the next global crisis – which could be pandemics, bioterrorism or climate change. Other articles examine the 'G2' of China and the US, the political economy of antiretroviral drugs and the human rights based arguments for international adoption.
Professor David Held (who is joint General Editor with fellow LSE Professor Patrick Dunleavy) said: 'There is nothing quite like Global Policy – a journal which focuses on the point where ideas and policy meet. It will aim to understand globally relevant risks and their relationship with the development of new policies with analysis of the concepts and theories which underlie them.'
Launch events for Global Policy will be held in London, Paris, Brussels, Budapest and Beijing, in partnership with Wiley Blackwell, the Global Public Policy Network and the French Development Agency. The journal's Executive Editor is Eva-Maria Nag.
All articles from the first issue of Global Policy are freely available online at its website www.globalpolicyjournal.com.
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