The World Prepares To Mark The Centennial Anniversary Of World War I

On the eve of the centennial anniversary of the start of World War I, several periodicals and think tanks are featuring the event in their publications.

Nick Gillespie of the libertarian Reason magazine has written an article on the ways in which the war ended the notion that war was “glamorous.”

Margaret MacMillan also examines the multiple ways the events of 1914 have shaped the world in which we live today.

Smithsonian Magazine reports on how the disintegration of the Iraqi state has its roots in the events of World War I.

And, Jeremy Paxman looks at the vital role schools and their pupils played in the First World War

The New York Times reports on the disagreements which marred a recent conference marking the 100th anniversary.

“Titled “The Great War: Regional Approaches and Global Contexts,” the conference was meant to expand and elevate the historical discussion about the war and its outbreak 100 years ago. But rather than a respectful salutation of Europe’s triumph over parochial nationalism, the conference set off an ethnic firestorm in the Balkans that reached the highest political circles. The controversy speaks to how the scholarly interpretation of a crucial turning point like the Great War remains disputed and entangled in present-day politics,” reports The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal has published an extraordinary interactive feature on World War I in which readers can explore the various ways in which the Great War continues to impact our lives.

US-China Efforts To Establish New Bilateral Relations Shows Initial Success
In 2013, President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping pledged to move towards a “new type of major country relations” intended to establish a framework for better US-China cooperation on a range of issues.

Ralph A. Cossa andDavid Santoro of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) have published a report assessing its progress so far.

They have concluded that US and Chinese negotiators have “made an obvious effort to look at each topic with an eye to positive signals that would be consistent with moving forward toward the “new type” relationship. The constructive, pragmatic tone was striking, especially in contrast to the more combative last session in January 2013. The “shirtsleeves” summit clearly set the tone for this meeting,”

In addition, positive movement was made on opening an official strategic nuclear dialogue, and the possibility of strengthened US-China cooperation to deal with the North Korea nuclear crisis


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