The Center for the Study of Global Issues at The University of Georgia fosters educational and research activities focused on economic, political, and sociocultural change and development occurring at the global level.
As the world strides forward into the global era, changes in the international order that have been underway for centuries are nearing a crescendo. The world has finally become a "global village"--a single marketplace dominated by multinational conglomerates whose outreach penetrates the most remote human settlements. Communication technology now spans the planet and speaks to an international, multicultural audience of billions, hawking goods and services as well as ideology. Now more than ever, the people of the globe share both the benefits and the dangers of industrialization and modernization, and the most pressing political, economic, and social events and problems are now truly global.
The social theories and ideologies of the past were suited to a world that no longer exists and new future-oriented theories and conceptualizations are needed. Only by developing these theories and ideals can we begin to confront the most pressing problems of the day. The purpose of GLOBIS is to meet this need by conducting research and educational activities which examine recent global economic, political, and socio-cultural trends and the human problems associated with these trends in order to furnish a basis for forecasting the future and forming public policy.
The Center's programs are located both on campus at The University of Georgia in Athens and abroad at its regional offices in Italy and Japan. GLOBIS has a European Office in Verona, Italy and an Asian Office in Kyoto, Japan. These two branch offices operate as GLOBIS's coordinating centers for the conduct of off-campus research and educational programs carried out in Europe and Asia. Thus, all of the activities of the Center are truly international and interdisciplinary because of the participation not only of UGA faculty and students from many disciplines, but also participation by professional colleagues and students from other countries.
There can be no doubt that the present era of globalization has witnessed the births of numerous democracies; indeed, some theorists have argued that the spread of democratic systems and values is a defining characteristic of the globalization phenomenon itself. Furthermore, interventions into countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq have recently brought democratic development to the center of public debate, with scholars and pundits alike weighing in regarding the propensity for democracy in these cases.
Given the scope and salience of such debates, it is imperative to continue to address basic questions such as how democratic forms of government develop and achieve stability. Much philosophical and scientific work remains to be done to describe the phenomenon itself and to situate it in its proper global context. Moreover, scholars have recently pointed out problems in the world’s most venerable democracies regarding a lack of political knowledge, participation, trust, and perceived efficacy on the part of their citizenries.
In addition to studying the development of democracy in the global context, then, Globis seeks to develop conceptual tools to assess the health of existing democratic systems, and thereby to contribute to their long-term maintenance.
Migration means crossing borders in more than just a physical way. It is fundamentally challenging the very meanings of such concepts as society, community, identity, and citizenship. Migration into the advanced industrial democracies has dramatically increased during the last two decades. The multicultural influx into previously relatively homogeneous societies forces citizens and policy makers to rethink a very basic question: Who belongs?
This research initiative attempts to answer the following questions, among others: Are the ties that bind the members of the host societies growing stronger or weaker in reaction to the newcomers? Are the publics in these countries still willing to fund the modern welfare state even though it is more difficult to recognize “who is my brother”?
This research initiative not only looks at social change in receiving states, but also at the consequences of migration for the sending states, as these are equally challenging.
The impacts of humans on the global ecosystem are widely felt as the population continues to expand. “Sustainable development” has become a catch phrase of the global era as it describes forward-looking, ecologically-sensitive economic growth designed to sustain current and future generations of humans without significantly damaging the world’s ecological balance.
This initiative involves combining scientific and social scientific knowledge and methods to produce policy-relevant research that examines, and seeks to help alleviate, human impacts on the global environment.
Our current global climate is rife with tensions that threaten the stability of the Post-Cold War era. Steps must be taken to actively address the root causes of these tensions and to alleviate conflict before it becomes unavoidable. Increasing strains on international relations have increased the likelihood of protracted, deadly conflict in many areas of the world. Conditions leading to many such scenarios can be diffused by reconceptualizing the problems and seeking alternative outcomes characterized by peaceful, positive-sum relations.
The Globis Working Paper Series makes the latest research from Globis-affiliated scholars available to the broader scholarly community. The papers focus on one or more of the Globis research initiatives, and address themes that are broadly consistent with the challenges and opportunities of globalization. All papers in the series are draft versions and may not be cited without the explicit permission of the authors. Comments, however, are encouraged and welcome.
- "The New German Question" by Carlo Pelanda
- "Basic Concepts for Building a Mediterranean Ekumene" by Carlo Pelanda
Globis Research Associates
- "Patterns of Dimensionality" by Ryan Bakker (University of Georgia), Seth Jolly (Syracuse University), Jon Polk (University of Georgia)
- "The US-India Nuclear Deal of 2008: The Causes and Consequences Analyzed" by Nitya Singh
Pelanda Award Recipients
There were two Grand Prizes in 2011 awarded to:
- - Matthew Clary, a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, received his certificate and a $750 award from Dr. Carlo A. Pelanda in September 2011 for his paper "Asabiyyah Revisited: Exploring the Microfoundations for the Sustainability of Dynastic Monarchies in the Middle East".
- - Zachary Jones, a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, received his certificate and a $750 award from Dr. Carlo A. Pelanda in September 2011 for his paper "Risk Propensity & Conflict Initiation in Asymmetric Dyads".
- The 2010 Grand Prize was awarded to Leah Carmichael, a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, for her paper "Growing Concerns: Trade Distortions and Food Insecurity in Developing States." Ms. Carmichael received her certificate and a $1000 award from Dr. Carlo A. Pelanda in September 2010.
- The 2010 Runner-Up Prize was awarded to Szhymon Stojek, a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, for his paper "Guns or Roses? Institutions of State, Social Trust and Recurrence of Domestic Armed Conflict." Mr. Stojek received his certificate and a $500 award from Dr. Carlo A. Pelanda in September 2010
- The 2009 Grand Prize was awarded to Holger Meyer, a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, for his paper "Economic Liberalism and the Challenge of Domestic Armed Conflict." Mr. Meyer received his certificate and a $1000 award from Dr. Carlo A. Pelanda in September 2009.
- The 2009 Runner-Up Prize was awarded to Cale Horne, a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, for his paper "Different but the Same: Opinion and Policy Beyond the Democratic Context." Mr. Horne received his certificate and a $500 award from Dr. Carlo A. Pelanda in September 2009.
The 2008 Prize was awarded to Mr. Johannes Karreth, a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, for his paper: “Adjustment or Ignorance? Globalization, Immigration, and Investment in Human Capital”. Mr. Karreth received his certificate and $500 award from Dr. Carlo A. Pelanda in September 2008.
- 2011 Award Winner - Mr. Matthew Clary, "Asabiyyah Revisited: Exploring the Microfoundations for the Sustainability of Dynastic Monarchies in the Middle East"
- 2011 Award Winner - Mr. Zachary Jones, "Risk Propensity & Conflict Initiation in Asymmetric Dyads"
- 2010 Award Winner - Ms. Leah Carmichael"Growing Concerns: Trade Distortions and Food Insecurity in Developing States."
- 2010 Award Runner-Up - Mr. Szymon Stojek "Guns or Roses? Institutions of State, Social Trust and Recurrence of Domestic Armed Conflict."
- 2009 Award Winner - Mr. Holger Meyer "Economic Liberalism and the Challenge of Domestic Armed Conflict."
- 2009 Award Runner-Up - Mr. Cale Horne, "Different but the Same: Opinion and Policy Beyond the Democratic Context."
2008 Award Winner - Mr. Johannes Karreth, “Adjustment or Ignorance? Globalization, Immigration, and Investment in Human Capital”.
"THE MISSING LINK BETWEEN SYSTEM STRUCTURE AND STATE BEHAVIOR: PERCEPTIONS OF POWER IN PRE-WORLD WAR ONE GERMANY" by Brock F. Tessman, Chadwick Peltier and Dana Higgins