The Globalist’s Top 20 Stories of 2004
A highlight of our best features published in 2004.
December 31, 2004
The Iraq War remains in the global spotlight. But for most people, other issues had a more immediate impact. Our selection of the top 20 features published on The Globalist in 2004 presents cross-country comparisons — as well as challenges faced by individual countries, such as India, Turkey and China.
|1.||Is Turkey “Enlightened” Enough to Join the EU?
Should Turkey be allowed to join the European Union?
|2.||Bollystan — The Global India
How is India projecting its growing global influence?
|3.||A Palestinian Declaration of Independence?
Will the Palestinians follow U.S. ideals to break the stalemate in the Middle East peace process?
|4.||Chaos in Ivory Coast: Roots and Consequences
Will Ivory Coast’s civil war realign West Africa along ethnic lines?
|5.||India and the U.S. — A Tale of Two Democracies
In what ways did India’s elections present a serious test to U.S. voters?
|6.||Women Suicide Bombers — Equality in Terror?
A close look at the political and theological debate over female terrorists within Islam.
|7.||Why Europe Needs — And Wants — Bush to Win
How has President Bush’s leadership benefited Europe?
|8.||George W. Bush: The Second Napoleon?
How is the U.S. president more like Bonaparte than Churchill?
|9.||Terrorism — A Confusing Target for the United States
Does the United States need a more nuanced approach?
|10.||Iraq and 21st Century Liberation Theology
What key lesson should Poland’s 1980s experience have provided for the liberation of Iraq?
|11.||China’s Green GDP — The Real Revolution?
Will China factor the environment into GDP growth calculations?
|12.||Europe as the World’s New Moral Center?
Has Europe replaced the United States in setting international standards?
|13.||Russia’s Newly Found “Soft Power”
How does Russia assert influence despite its loss of superpower status?
|14.||The POP (=Public Opinion Poll) Superpower
Why is it dangerous to legitimize U.S. foreign policy decisions through opinion polls?
|15.||It Takes Three to Tango with Tehran
Is the Bush Administration hell-bent on confronting Iran?
|16.||Is World Food Security Deteriorating?
Is a world-wide food crunch likely in 2005?
|17.||Turkey’s Impulse for Reform
Turkey is at a crossroads. Which way will it turn?
|18.||The Germany That No Longer Works
How can Germany assert itself in the global economy?
|19.||India and the Power of Entrepreneurship
Is it unfair competition when an Indian entrepreneur does well?
|20.||Should We Trust China?
Should China’s recent economic growth and moves toward banking reform concern or reassure Westerners?