Newsletter nr 1
The GSC Newsletter (Meridian) is a peer-reviewed bi-annual publication publishing notes and short articles of 200 to 800 words. It is published online and also sent out as a pdf to members of an ever-increasing community. Its focus is on Global Studies, that is, the investigation of political, economic, social, and cultural matters directly or tangentially linked to “the global.” A micro-macro perspective, or global-local perspective is common though not required. Among the topics are diversity, eurocentrism, nationalisms, ecology, glocalization, communication, technology transfer, cultural productions at the time of globalization. The GSC Newsletter is a unique outlet for succinctly formulated arguments, hypotheses, informal reflections, interviews, reports, or new methods. Book reviews are welcome.
June 1 2021
1. Jibril Latif Browning: Bitcoin Adoption is Happening: Will Gulf Residents be Winners or Losers? State-issued fiat currencies, and investments denominated in them, fall into jeopardy as the rise of cryptocurrencies decentralize money worldwide. There are 5 stages of adoption, and Bitcoin, the king of cryptocurrencies, is moving from the 2nd to the 3rd stage. But will Gulf residents adapt quickly or lag behind? Go to article.
2. Mohammed Habib: A Global Perspective on the Educational and Academic Culture at GUST. This article addresses a central concern: GUST has many talented students whose potential is not fully realized. It explores reasons for this and suggests possible remedies in terms of pedagogy and campus initiatives; it also considers how the university’s international profile might be enhanced through promoting a culture of research. Go to article
3. Harold M. Hastings and Tai Young-Taft: A Note on Economic Drivers of Mitigating Climate Change. What are the future roles of economic factors in reducing global carbon dioxide emissions? The sharp decrease in the costs of solar photovoltaic power has driven large scale adoption. The world needs both additional technological innovation and financial innovation to facilitate adoption in the developing world. Go to article
4. Richard McDonough: Hegel, Heidegger, Eurocentrism and Asian Thought. The two great German philosophers, Hegel in the 19th century and Heidegger in the 20th, can be accused of Eurocentrism. However, whereas Hegel’s philosophy is intrinsically Eurocentric, and treats Asian philosophies only as part of the prehistory of genuine philosophy, both Heidegger’s early and later philosophies are strongly suggestive of Asian themes. Go to article.
5. Mariam Alkazemi and Claudia Youakim. On Editing an Interdisciplinary Volume on the Arab Diaspora. Arab Worlds beyond the Middle East and North Africa is an edited volume that will be published in June 2021. The authors offer insight how their training in the fields of communication and sociology fueled the interdisciplinary text on Arab immigration. Go to article
6. Jeffery Geller: The Spirit of Contemporary Socialism: An Explanation of Woke Consciousness. This article offers a synoptic explanation of the motivation behind the global attack on capitalism. Drawing on Adam Smith, Max Weber and others, it attempts to piece together the historical and theoretical factors that inform wokeness as it has emerged as an international political force. Go to article
7. Kevin A. Morrison: Decolonizing a Historical Field: Toward a Global Nineteenth Century. As scholars think about ways to decolonize historical study and address racial disparity, the launch of the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies and its flagship journal represents a significant effort to expand the disciplinary, racial, ethnic, and methodological diversity of a chronological field. Go to article
8. Philippe Lane: From Soft Power to Smart Power: French Cultural and Scientific Diplomacy. With almost 150 cultural embassy services (among them more than 100 Instituts Français, some 900 Alliances Françaises and almost 500 French lycées) on five continents, France plays an important soft power role. What is its scope? What are its priorities? What means do they have and how do they function? Go to article
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait we publish two historical accounts by Colonel Passot and Géry Verjot
9. Olivier Passot: "Opération Daguet" in Kuwait 1991. French armed forces had an active role in the coalition “Desert Storm”. After six months of military buildup in the Saudi desert, air and land units contributed to the victory. Then, French engineers were deployed in Kuwait to conduct mine clearing operations, especially along the beaches. Go to article
10. Géry Verjot : The French Naval Campaign off Kuwaiti Coasts in 1991. French warships specialized in mine warfare were engaged in the military campaign against the Iraqi army in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. Their deployment began with the demining of the Suez Canal in Egypt to allow the passage of coalition ships. Go to article
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