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The Future of South-South Economic Relationsby Adil Najam
Synopses & Reviews
South-South economic relations are increasing, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. There will be more trade agreements, more economic and political alliances and an acknowledgement that the Global South has much to offer. These new economic relations have great potential - both for harm and for good. Covering a wide range of topics - from the strengths and weaknesses of regional trade integration in Africa, the potential environmental impacts of South-South trade and the changing patterns of South-South investment to the role of conflict in stymieing trade in South Asia - this groundbreaking volume presents a forward-looking analysis of South-South economic relations, and how they might impact and be impacted by the rest of the world.
About the Author
Adil Najam holds the Frederick S. Pardee Chair for Global Public Policy at Boston University, where he is also a Professor of International Relations and of Geography and the Environment, and the Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Previously, he taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He was a Lead Author for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC); work for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2009 he was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to serve on the UN Committee on Development (CDP). In 2010, he was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan's highest civil awards, by the President of Pakistan. Prof. Najam's research and teaching relates to sustainable development, climate change, international trade, global governance, human security, and South Asia studies. He has published widely and is also the founding editor of Pakistaniat.com which was named Pakistan's top current affairs blog (2010).
Rachel Thrasher completed her master's degree in international relations at Boston University in 2008. She received her JD in June of 2007, also from Boston University, and was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While in graduate school, she focused her research on issues surrounding U.S.-style free trade agreements and their legal impact on Latin American countries. After graduation, she worked as a Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future. There, she examined policy issues related to economic relations between developing countries, regional trade agreements, multilateral environmental agreements, and global forests governance. In 2011, Ms. Thrasher received an appointment as Lecturer-in-Law at Boston University School of Law, teaching a course in Problem Solving in International Law.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Setting the Stage for Sustainable South-South Economic Cooperation - Adil Najam and Rachel Thrasher * Part I. South-South Regional Trade Integration * 2. Latin American Trade and Economic Cooperation: Causes and Consequences of the Proliferation of Overlapping Agreements - Laura Gomez-Mera * 3. African Trade and Economic Integration: Trends, Patterns and Long-Range Prospects - Eric K. Ogunleye * 4. Financial Crisis and Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia-Pacific: Relevance, Trends and Potential - Nagesh Kumar * Part II. Economic Cooperation Beyond Trade * 5. Developing Country Coalitions in the WTO - Manuela Viana and Haroldo Ramanzini * 6. South-South foreign direct investment flows: wishful thinking or reality? - Mariana Rangel Padilla * 7. Regional Trade Integration and Conflict Resolution: An Institutional Paradigm - Shaheen Rafi Khan * 8. South-South Trade and the Environment - Kathryn Hochstetler * 9. Brazilian Perspectives on South-South Economic Relations and Global Governance - Alcides Costa Vaz * Part III. China: A Case Study * 10. Latin America and China: Trading Short-term Growth for (China's) Long-run Prosperity? - Kevin P. Gallagher * 11. Growing Economic Relations Between the GCC and 'Chindia' - Nader Habibi
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