• The World Today

    Ten Minutes with Jennifer Jacquet on public shaming

    The author of Is Shame Necessary? New uses for an old tool talks to Agnes Frimston about why public shaming can be a force for good. Listen to the full podcast below.

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  • The World Today

    中国的农村 -- 现在与未来

    中国是传统的农耕国家,在超过十三亿的总人口中,农业户口人数所占比超过64%。虽然拥有世界第三的国土面积,实用性耕地有限,农民人均耕地仅0.19公顷,收入低、地位低、生活艰苦是目前中国绝大部分农民的状态。

    尽管拥有高比例的农业人口,中国的农村依然出现了劳动力短缺的现象。严峻的城乡二元经济结构使得越来越多的劳动力走向城市,农村大量土地闲置,利用率低,与国外规模化种植农业相比,中国农业缺乏竞争优势,科技水平不高,抵抗市场风险能力弱,再加上近年来以水土流失与过度开发为特征的耕地功能弱化与耕地面积锐减现象较为严重,对农业生产的正常发展与国家粮食的战略安全构成了严重的威胁。

    如何正确解读农业、农村、农民问题,寻求中国农业可持续发展的新途径,已经成为中国政府的当务之急。本文仅以中国东西部一区一县为例,简要阐述在当今中国社会的现实条件下,农村发展的问题及应对措施。

    一、中国农村发展存在的问题

    地域之间发展不平衡

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    陈 刚, Richard Zheng

  • The World Today

    Tokyo: Can a city have its own foreign policy?

    Tokyo is not just the political capital of Japan. It is home to 13.2 million people - or 10 per cent of the country’s population - and as many as 32 million people if you include the surrounding area. Accounting for 20 per cent of Japan’s gross domestic product, it is the 14th largest economy in the world, ranked between Spain and Mexico. Not surprisingly, Tokyo governors can have a huge impact on the domestic political agenda, with the capacity to mobilize sentiment and to influence national foreign policy as well. 

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  • The World Today

    Our 70th anniversary: Germany and European Reconstruction

    The World Today, July 1945

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  • The World Today

    Expert view: Tracking the Sony hackers

    Despite the US pinning the blame on North Korea, certainty in attribution is almost impossible

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  • The World Today

    The mighty metropolis

    Urban islands of prosperity: Global cities are growing in power and influence. But can they survive if they break the bonds with their host countries?

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    Mathieu Lefevre is Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation. Riccardo Mastini contributed research to this article

  • The World Today

    Our 70th anniversary: Rebuilding post-war Germany

    In July 1945 Chatham House produced the first issue of The World Today. In this anniversary year we will be looking into the archive to see what was said about the issues of the time, many of which are still live today. See the original piece here

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  • The World Today

    Mind the language gap: a map of diversity

    This ‘Tube tongues’ graphic shows London’s diversity by displaying the second most common languages (after English) spoken by residents, according to the 2011 census.

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    The map was created by Oliver O’Brien, a researcher at UCL Department of Geography. www.oobrien.com

  • The World Today

    Profile: Henry Morgenthau Sr, the US envoy to Constantinople

    Witness to a great catastrophe

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    Thomas de Waal’s book Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide is published by Oxford University Press in the UK in March

  • The World Today

    A tale of two cities

    London is now a magnet for international investors who push up prices, and drive out the middle class and poor. 

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    Ben Judah is author of ‘This is London’ to be published September 2015

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