Culture and Civilization Matters

June 24, 2010

Exploring Russia’s Transitions and Tensions

Filed under: Term 5 St. Petersburg — Tags: , , , — wadatripp @ 4:51 am

RUSSIA’S TRANSITIONS AND TENSIONS

Just as we examined the impact of culture and civilization on England, the Middle East, India and China through the prism of transitions and tensions, the CCL course in St. Petersburg will be grounded in the key transitions that Russia is experiencing and the tensions that have emerged as a result.

In this video excerpt, Dmitri Trenin, Author of “Getting Russia Right” provides a backdrop of the following transitions that Russia is currently undergoing.

You can view Trenin’s complete address on Fora.tv here

  1. Today’s Russia is powered by the two things that were absolutely antithetical to the Soviet Union: Private Money/Money and Open Borders/Open Minds
  2. The Tale of Two Cities: The City of the Kremlin and its Vertical Bureaucratic Political Power Structure and the City of Millionaire Citizens Who Increasingly Own More and More of Russia.
  3. The Ikea Index: An indicator that the common people whose economic lot is changing as they increase their participation in the emerging market economy.


ANALYZING TRANSITIONS AND TENSIONS

During our time in Russia, we will explore how the following transitions:

  • Societal: From Soviet Serfdom and Control to Personal Freedom
  • Political:From Totalitarian Regime to Autocratic Rule
  • Economic:From a Centrally Planned Command Economy to a More Open Capitalist Economy

Additionally, we will explore the resulting tensions that have emerged as a result of these transitions:

  • Societal: From the perception of Government Backed Security and Predictability to the Uncertainty and Chaos of Market Opportunity
  • Political: From Soviet Communism to Russian Nationalism.
  • Economic: From Corruption and Oligarchy to an Emergent Consumer Society



VISUALIZING THE TENSIONS AND TRANSITIONS

The chart below summarizes the Societal, Political and Economic lenses through which we will explore the region:



We will explore the Societal, Political, and Economic transitions and associated tensions in more depth in subsequent pages of this blog.

Click HERE to return to the Russia Main Page

April 5, 2010

Exploring China’s Transitions and Tensions

Filed under: Term 4 Shanghai — Tags: , , , , — wadatripp @ 8:52 pm

CHINA’s THREE DEBATES

Just as we examined the impact of culture and civilization on England, the Middle East and India through the prism of transitions and tensions, the CCL course in Shanghai will be grounded in the key transitions that China is experiencing and the tensions that have emerged as a result.

In this brief video, Mark Leonard, Executive Director of the European Council on Foreign, relations outlines the three key debates going on in China:

  1. What Model of Capitalism Should China Embrace?
  2. What Model of Political Reform Should China Adopt?
  3. What kind of World Power Should China Become?




ANALYZING TRANSITIONS AND TENSIONS

During our time in China, we will explore how the following transitions:

  • Societal: From Rural Confucianism to Urban Individualism
  • Political:From Fudalism and Semi-Colonialism to One-Party Communism
  • Economic:From Economic Backwater to the World’s Fastest Growing Economy

Additionally, we will explore the resulting tensions that have emerged as a result of these transitions:

  • Societal: From Reliance on the Extended Family “Safety Net” to Walking the “Tight Rope” alone while supporting the family back home
  • Political: From Single-Party Rule to Eventual Political Reform.
  • Economic: Dealing with the triple threat of Poverty, Inequality and Environmental Degradation






VISUALIZING THE TENSIONS AND TRANSITIONS

The chart below summarizes the Societal, Political and Economic lenses through which we will explore the region:




DELVING DEEPER INTO THE TRANSITIONS AND TENSIONS

The following video interview with Rob Gifford, NPR China correspondant from 1999-2005 and author of China Road, provides much more nuanced context around the Transitions and Tensions outlined above.

We will explore the Societal, Political, and Economic transitions and associated tensions in more depth in subsequent pages of this blog.

Click here to return to the China Main Page

January 20, 2010

Exploring India’s Transitions and Tensions

Filed under: Term 3 Delhi — Tags: , , , , — wadatripp @ 8:34 pm

ANALYZING TRANSITIONS AND TENSIONS
Just as we examined the impact of cultural and civilization on Dubai through the prism of a tension where the region seeks to remain true to its Arabic and Islamic Heritage as it simultaneously embraces the modern-day economy, the CCL course in Delhi will be grounded in the key transitions that India has experienced and the resulting tensions that have emerged as a result.

More specifically we will explore how the following transitions:

  • Societal: From Caste System to Civil Society
  • Political:From Imperial Rule to Pluralistic Democracy
  • Economic:From Third World to First World

Additionally, we will explore the resulting tensions that have emerged as a result of these transitions:

  • Societal: Religious Reform and Pluralism verus Hindu Nationalism and Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Political: Corruption and Gridlock versus Democratic Reform
  • Economic: Affluenza versus the Bottom of the Pyramid

VISUALIZING THE TENSIONS AND TRANSITIONS
The chart below summarizes the Societal, Political and Economic lenses through which we will explore the region:

We will explore the Societal, Political, and Economic transitions and associated tensions in more depth in subsequent pages of this blog.

Click here to return to CCL Delhi Main Page

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