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SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL

This is a special brief English version of the Russian journal

PUBLISHED WITH SUPPORT OF

RUSSIAN ECOLOGICAL ACADEMY (REA) RUSSIAN PHILISOPHICAL SOCIETY (RPS)

Supervising Editor L. E. Grinin

Editor-in-Chief A. N. Chumakov

Editorial board:

Barlybaev Kh. A., Girusov E. V., Ivakhnyuk I. V., Kalachev B. F., Kalinichenko P. A., Katsura A. V., Mamedov N. V., Mitorfanova A. V., Mozgovoy S. A., Popkov V. V., Pyrin A. G., Rezhabek B. G., Snakin V. V.

International editorial council:

An Qinian (China), Bondarenko D. M. (Russia), Veber A. B. (Russia), Gay W. (USA), Guseynov A. A. (Russia), Danilov-Danilyan V. I. (Russia), Daffern Th. (UK), Dobrovolsky G. V. (Russia), Etsimovich T. (Slovenia), Izrael Yu. A. (Russia), Inozemtsev V. L. (Russia), Kapitza S. P. (Russia), Kiss E. (Hungary), Kolbasi H. (Iran), Korotayev A. V. (Russia), Kucuradi I. (Turkey), Liseev I. K. (Russia), Masour I. I. (Russia), Nazaretyan A. P. (Russia), Styopin V. S. (Russia), Ursul A. D. (Russia), Yudin B. G. (Russia).

Editorial Board:

Russia, 119992, Moscow, Volkhonka St. 14, app. 102, Presidium of RPS.

Tel: (495) 203-92-98. E-mail: chumakov@iph.ras.ru

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

A word to the reader

From the Editorial Board......................................................................... 3

Complimentary Addresses ...................................................................... 5

THEORY

Alexander N. Chumakov. On the Subject and Boundaries of Global Studies 6

William C. Gay. Processes of Globalization and the Discipline of Global
Studies ................................................................................................... 15

PROCESSES OF GLOBALIZATION

Leonid E. Grinin. Globalization and Sovereignty: Why do States Abandon

their Sovereign Prerogatives?............................................................... 22

Sergey Kashkin and Paul Kalinichenko. Globalization of the Rule of Law:

Experience of Russia and the EU Countries.......................................... 33

Anastasia V. Mitrofanova. Religion in World Politics and the Problem of
'Civilizations' .......................................................................................... 37

ARTICLE ABSTRACTS AND ANNOTATIONS

Arkadi D. Ursul. Global Processes, Security and Sustainable Development 44

Vladislav L. Inozemtsev. The Present Day Globalization.................. 46

Victor I. Danilov-Danilyan. Global Problem of the Sweet Water Shortage 48

Ivan I. Masour. The Global Energy Security........................................ 49

Alexander B. Veber. Global Climate Change: Whom to Blame? And What
to Do?...................................................................................................... 52

Alexander V. Katsura. 'World-Wide Tenderness' or Russian Way to Globalism......... 53

Valeri M. Leibin. Aurelio Peccei: A Few Strokes to the Portrait .......... 55

Boris G. Rezhabek. V. I. Vernadsky's Noosphere Theory and the Search for
the Way out of the Global Crises........................................................... 57

Alexander V. Buzgalin Alterglobalism: Searching for the Positive Alter
native to a New Empire ......................................................................... 58

Sergey P. Kapitza The Demographic Revolution in Russia ................. 60

The Nobel Prize for Climate Study. An Interview with the Full Member of
the Russian Academy of Sciences Yu. A. Izrael .................................... 60

Complementary Resources....................................................................... 61

 

 

 

 

A WORD TO THE READER

FROM THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Dear readers!

The journal 'The Age of Globalization' whose first issue is in your hands has not by chance got its title. Every century gets its own name in the history, sometimes even more then one. Only the future will show which title will be finally assigned to the 21st century. But we, the contemporaries of its beginning, think that these are just the process of globalization and its possible consequences that will become central for the present century.

Already for almost forty years the global problematic attracts attention of scientists and politicians, representatives of business circles and non-governmental organizations, mass media and wide public. At the same time among the wide range of periodicals in Russia there is no specialized journal yet for the already established sphere of academic research - the global studies - which on the interdisciplinary basis would raise questions and suggest solutions of urgent problems of the present day world: starting from ecology, resources and demography up to the legal and geopolitical aspects of international relations. The emergence of a new scientific journal should be regarded as a response to this long-standing necessity for a solid theoretic discussion and popular science treatment of the process of globalization and global problems of the modern times.

It is also worth mentioning that against the background of increasing globalization the more evident becomes the tendency to a systematic investigation of complicated and complex problems. However, we still confront the lack of those interdisciplinary grounds where the scientists and thinkers of different professions and fields of knowledge could meet, where productive ideas and theories could emerge. To a certain degree this has also influenced the idea to create the new journal.

Modern world becomes closer and more complicated, the speeds are higher and along with this we see the growth of responsibility of those scientists who are qualified to comprehend the main vectors of development, to see the real (and not imaginary) dangers in time and to prompt effective and well-circumspect decisions. It is important among a great number of problems to distinguish the main and urgent ones, those problems that pose the most concern. That is why it becomes more and more evident that we need a real (not declarative) integration of efforts of researchers specializing in different fields of scientific knowledge with the ones of representatives of financial and political circles, as well as different public and religious movements. Everyone understanding the responsibility of science, power institutions and finally, of every person for the present and future of life on the Earth, comes to the conclusion that to overcome global threats such integration is the main task of our times. The actual state of affairs in the socionatu-ral system of the planet is serious enough. All this should be discussed thoroughly, openly and in a professional manner without surrendering to the fascination of myths or imaginary fears which are already plenty in the given field. It is necessary to provide a reasoned explanation that many problems could have been solved already by present by means of the achievements of science provided the coordinated actions of international community. We hope our journal will contribute to all this.

Our consciousness does not keep pace with changes. And nowadays many people ask themselves questions: What is 'globalization' and how is it connected with global problems of modernity? When and why did it start? Where and in what forms will it develop? Globalization - is it right or wrong? The questions of those kinds will be discussed in detail on the pages of our edition and the leading issues of its contributions will become the following:

-   theory of globalization and global studies in general;

-   economic, political, social, ecological, scientific-technical, cultural, religious, ethic and other aspects of globalization;

-   global problems of modernity;

-   analysis of modern Russian realia in the context of processes and problems of globalization;

-   global studies: urgent questions of philosophy and theory of history;

-   the human problem in the light of problems of globalization;

-   futurological aspects of global studies, etc.

We will give space for different points of view and approaches to the comprehension of the indicated problems, encouraging the creative discussions and the mood of constructive suggestions. The social movements and international organizations, scientific forums and research projects in the relative subjects will not be left without attention.

No doubt, in the solution of the mentioned problems will be contributed by the fact that the journal is issued with the assistance of the Russian Ecological Academy (REA) and the Russian Philosophical Society (RPS). We view this as a pledge that it will become the center of attraction of creative forces, a place where Russian and foreign scientists and specialists professionally working in different fields of global studies will be able to analyze the urgent problems of globalization and its consequences, suggest theoretical and practical solutions, and also to approve and discuss new ideas, to present their reviews, expert evaluations, etc.

In its activity the Editors and International Editorial Board consisting of famous scientists will rely on already available results and achievements in the sphere of global studies. In particular, it is planned to invite to contribute to the journal the members of a large international group - the authors of Encyclopedia and Encyclopedic Dictionary which gained a high appraisal and recognition in the modern world. We think all this will contribute not only to a fruitful development of a new scientific area but also to a better understanding of Russia's opportunities and interests in the solution of global problems of modernity, to the growth of its scientific authority in the international arena.

We also hope that the new journal will become a newsmaker in modern Russian and international scientific life and will occupy a worthy place in the range of solid theoretical journals.

The present edition is a special brief English version of the Russian journal . In the first and second sections there are complete articles and in the subsequent section you can find abstracts and annotations of the rest papers of the Russian-language original.

Supervising Editor Editor-in-Chief

L. E. Grinin A. N. Chumakov

 

 

 

 

COMPLIMENTARY ADDRESSES

The start of a new theoretical journal for discussion of the most urgent problems of the modern world should undoubtedly be welcome because it is essentially the first periodical of the kind.

Globalization is one of the issues recently attracting a close attention of different layers of population. It provokes sharp discussions and from time to time its followers and opponents fall into serious passion heated up by the loud protest actions on the part of the antiglobalists.

And all this because the focus is on the unresolved and vital problems of modern world touching the interests of the majority of the planet's inhabitants.

The present 'dominant influences' are mostly absorbed with private issues and details of the world life which are ascribed an unrightfully large and sometimes global significance. However, when touching these issues one should determine the attitude towards the main problems of the existence of the present-day humankind.

That is why the coming out of the journal 'Age of Globalization' is a well-timed event of current concern.

We should hope that many of the issues discussed in global studies will find their interpretation on the pages of the new journal which I would like to wish great success, bright contributors and also concerned and careful readers.

President of the Russian Philosophical Society, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences V. S. Styopin

 

 

 

Introducing to the scientific and wide public community a new theoretical journal, first I would like to point out its main peculiarity - in the essence it is an interdisciplinary journal and this distinguishes it from the range of periodicals. The primary subject-matter of its contents is defined by the title itself. Globalization and its consequences for the modern world are of special interest today both for the scholars and for the public community. And this means that on the pages of the journal the discussions will progress concerning the most urgent questions and conflicts inherent to the global humanity. In this connection the points of rapprochement and contact should be found for a fruitful dialogue and constructive cooperation of scientists, scholars, and specialists in different fields.

The contents of the first issue already gives reasons to believe that we are dealing with a serious scientific journal aimed at a profound analysis of the crucial problems of modernity, a journal which is oriented toward the future and does not avoid the novelty and burning topics of the present days.

I have no doubt that the journal will have a wide range of contributors: scientists and politicians, philosophers and writers, theorists and persons of practice, representing different worldview positions and also a broad readership exceeding the framework of a pure science.

I would like to wish a great creative success to the editors and contributors and interesting publications to the readers.

Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the Russian Ecological Academy, Director of the Institute of Global Climate and Ecology of Roshydromet and the Russian Academy of Sciences Yu. A. Izrael

 

 

 

 

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