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POLS 2401: Global Issues (Cherenet): Explore Global Issues Topics

This guide will help students with their Global Issues Project.

The books listed below are a small sample of the print and electronic book titles available to you.

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Children's Rights

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights reflects upon the status of children aged 0-8 years around the world, whether they are respected or neglected, and how we may move forward.

The Oxford Handbook of Children's Rights Law

Children's rights law is a relatively young but rapidly developing discipline. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the field's core legal instrument, is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.

Children's Rights

The opening chapter argues that an alternative praxis that takes as its foundational assumption the contention that programmes and services have a responsibility to ensure the rights of children and their families are met. Chapter two is dedicated to children's views about their participation rights in school. The author also explores how Russian child rights-oriented NGOs supported by domestic state actors and partners from abroad advocate a child welfare reform.


Why Forests? Why Now?

Tropical forests are an undervalued asset in meeting the greatest global challenges of our time--averting climate change and promoting development. Despite their importance, tropical forests and their ecosystems are being destroyed at a high and even increasing rate in most forest-rich countries. The good news is that the science, economics, and politics are aligned to support a major international effort over the next five years to reverse tropical deforestation.


Despite many ominous trends, Juniper sees hope for rainforests and those who rely upon them, thanks to developments like new international agreements, corporate deforestation policies, and movements from local and Indigenous communities. As climate change intensifies, we have already begun to see the effects of rainforest destruction on the planet at large.

World on Fire

Mark Rowlands presents a global analysis of climate, extinction, and pestilence. He explains that reversing the industrial farming of animals for food will first, substantially cut climate emissions, rapidly enough to allow sustainable energy technologies time to become viable alternatives; and most importantly, make vast areas of a land available for the kind of aggressive afforestation policy that he shows as necessary to bring these problems under control.

Disease Outbreaks

Containing Contagion

Sara E. Davies focuses on one of the world's most pivotal (and riskiest) regions in the field of global health--Southeast Asia, which in recent years has responded to a wave of emerging and endemic infectious disease outbreaks ranging from Nipah, SARS, and avian flu to dengue and Japanese encephalitis. Davies explains, Southeast Asian states, despite having vastly different health system capacities and political systems, repeatedly committed to pursue a collective approach to the communication of outbreaks.

Managing Global Health Security: the World Health Organization and Disease Outbreak Control

Drawing on insights from international organization and securitization theory, the author investigates the World Health Organization and how its approach to global health security has changed and adapted since its creation in 1948. He also examines the organization's prospects for managing global health security now and into the future.


A global health catastrophe narrowly averted. A world unprepared for another outbreak. The world's first urban Ebola outbreak quickly overwhelmed the global health system and threatened to kill millions. Ebola's spread through West Africa to Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States sounded global alarms that the next killer outbreak is right around the corner--and that the world is woefully unprepared to combat a new deadly disease.

Genetically Engineered Food/Food Policy

GMO China

Cong Cao presents a comprehensive and systematic analysis of how China's policy toward research and commercialization of genetically modified crops has evolved that explains how China's changing GMO stances reflect its shifting position on the world stage.

GMOs, Consumerism and the Global Politics of Biotechnology

Situating the debates in the contemporary discourses on decoloniality, global consumerism, global food apartheid and the challenges and prospects of the emergent sharing economies, this book critically examines the importation, use and implications of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other such non-food products on African bodies, institutions and cultures.

Case Studies in Food Policy for Developing Countries

The food problems now facing the world--scarcity and starvation, contamination and illness, overabundance and obesity--are both diverse and complex. What are their causes? How severe are they? Why do they persist? What are the solutions?

Human Trafficking/Slavery

The Modern Slavery Agenda

Modern slavery, in the form of labour exploitation, domestic servitude, sexual trafficking, child labour and cannabis farming, is still growing in the UK and industrialised countries, despite the introduction of laws to try to stem it.

Human Trafficking: a Reference Handbook

Offering an up-to-date and comprehensive resource for students and general readers investigating human trafficking, this book examines the phenomenon in its many forms, the factors contributing to its existence, the victims it affects, and those who perpetrate this horrific crime.

Modern Slavery

Kara demonstrates the scope of modern slavery and its role in global supply chains to offer a concrete path toward its abolition. This searing exposé--including revelatory interviews with both the enslaved and their oppressors--documents one of humanity's greatest wrongs and lays out the framework to eradicate it.


Feeding the Hungry : Advocacy and Blame in the Global Fight against Hunger

Food insecurity poses one of the most pressing development and human security challenges in the world. In Feeding the Hungry, Michelle Jurkovich examines the social and normative environments in which international anti-hunger organizations are working and argues that despite international law ascribing responsibility to national governments to ensure the right to food of their citizens, there is no shared social consensus on who ought to do what to solve the hunger problem.

Beginning to End Hunger

Beginning to End Hunger presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to 2.5 million people and the site of one of the world's most successful food security programs. Since its Municipal Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security was founded in 1993, Belo Horizonte has sharply reduced malnutrition, leading it to serve as an inspiration for Brazil's renowned Zero Hunger programs.

Food Security Issues and Challenges

The problems facing food in the world today have increased considerably, as well as various factors and phenomena that augment the complexity of the issues or situations that fall within the scope of food security, such as: climate change, land grabbing, use of chemical fertilizers, loss of agrodiversity, obesity problems from unhealthy diets, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the lack of justiciability of the right to food, the use of biotech in food, etc. In short, this book is a diverse compilation of the new manifestations of global food security seen from several angles and areas.

Indigenous Rights

Managing Multiculturalism : Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia

In Managing Multiculturalism, Jean E. Jackson examines the evolution of the Colombian indigenous movement over the course of her forty-plus years of research and fieldwork, offering unusually developed and nuanced insight into how indigenous communities and activists changed over time, as well as how she the ethnographer and scholar evolved in turn.

Indigenous Rights : Changes and Challenges in the 21st Century

Over 25 years in the making, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is described by the UN as setting "an important standard for the treatment of indigenous peoples that will undoubtedly be a significant tool towards eliminating human rights violations against the planet's 370 million indigenous people and assisting them in combating discrimination and marginalisation."

Indigenous People in Africa. Contestations, Empowerment and Group Rights

The editors agreed that a book that draws community activists, academics, researchers and policy makers into a discussion of the predicament of indigenous rights and development against the backdrop of the Endorois case was timely and needed. Assembled here are the original contributions of some of the leading contemporary thinkers in the area of indigenous and human rights in Africa. 


When the Light Is Fire Maasai Schoolgirls in Contemporary Kenya

A host of international organizations promotes the belief that education will empower Kenya's Maasai girls. Yet the ideas that animate their campaigns often arise from presumptions that reduce the girls themselves to helpless victims of gender-related forms of oppression. Heather D. Switzer's interviews with over 100 Kenyan Maasai schoolgirls challenge the widespread view of education as a silver bullet solution to global poverty.

Global Poverty and Wealth Inequality

More than 790 million people live in extreme poverty. Why is there still so much poverty in the world; how is it measured; and what is being done to end poverty in all its forms everywhere? Global income and wealth inequality is on the rise. What are its causes and how can we reduce inequality within and among countries?

Global Poverty, Injustice, and Resistance

Each year, millions of people die from poverty-related causes. In this groundbreaking and thought-provoking book, Gwilym David Blunt argues that the only people who will end this injustice are its victims, and that the global poor have the right to resist the causes of poverty. He explores how the right of resistance is used to reframe urgent political questions.


Boko Haram

Boko Haram analyzes the activities and atrocities of Nigeria's Jihadi terrorist group, Boko Haram, in the context of global religious fundamentalism and extremism. The book traces the early beginnings of the religious sect, the conversion of its leader to radical Islam in 2002, and the group's campaign of violence beginning in 2009 and continuing to the present.

Visas and Walls

Borders traditionally served to insulate nations from other states and to provide bulwarks against intrusion by foreign armies. In the age of terrorism, borders are more frequently perceived as protection against threats from determined individuals arriving from elsewhere. While stricter border policies may be symbolically valuable and pragmatically safer, Avdan argues that the balance between economics and security is contingent on how close to home threats.

Terrorism in a Global Village

This book centers not only on the scourge of terrorism, but dissects the reasons and effects it has on peoples daily lives. Authors discuss to what extent terrorism is changing day-to-day behaviours, social institutions and democracy. Basically, the rise and expansion of globalisation, which crystalised into a more mobile world, alluded to a culture of instantaneity where news on terror produces a double-edge effect.

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