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Why Global Politics Magazine?

 

Global Politics Magazine is new for the next generation of global policy makers, those who will shape policy on the world stage in the future.  Here is the forum where we – the next political generation – can exchange our insights, debate our viewpoints, and develop new approaches. 

 

Located on the internet, Global Politics Magazine facilitates critical discussion and the exchange of ideas amongst young people worldwide.

 

We will have to face tomorrow’s challenges.  Today we must build the global intellectual platform to produce tomorrow’s solutions.

 

At an ever more rapid rate, international politics presents new challenges and opportunities alongside established issues.  The scope of contemporary global politics is getting wider. The next generation of global political actors must do more than simply inherit the notions of the past.

 

New approaches must emerge to complement existing knowledge, and so young people currently on the edges of the policy sphere need to be incorporated more fully into discussion of international issues. Greater value should be given to approaches which draw strength from their contemporary relevance, not their historical orthodoxy. Crucially, space has to be found for the opinions of those from the next political generation to be contested and examined by their peers. A discourse can then emerge based on the demands of today and tomorrow, rather than the conventions of yesterday.

 


 

Want to know more? Read on for more detail: 

What is different about Global Politics Magazine?

 

There are many political journals and magazines already on the market, and Global Politics Magazine doesn’t seek to compete with these. Rather, it is designed to be different.

 

There is a need for deeper political ‘conversation’ between young people across the planet, in order that a new generation of ideas can be heard. Global Politics facilitates this through a focus on young people, a global reach, and a forward-thinking approach.

 

Unlike other publications focused on young people, Global Politics Magazine is not limited to a single organisation or university, or even a single country. It exists globally, available to anyone with an internet connection. This provides the potential to create an international dialogue between young people in a way that other publications do not.

 

Global Politics is designed not just for young people to read, but also to participate in. Contributions from, and debate between, readers are strongly encouraged – this is what makes Global Politics Magazine.  So the publication is not simply a journal or magazine, but more like an interactive forum, a think tank for tomorrow’s political generation. To maintain the quality of debate, all submissions pass through our reviewing process before being published.

 

Why young people?

 

It is the young generation of today that will be the decision makers of the future. Politics is constantly evolving, and the ideas which shape the events of tomorrow will differ from those of today. Young people have a unique perspective on world politics, and ideas vary greatly between countries. Global Politics facilitates an exchange of ideas and debate among young people around the world, created dialogue and understanding which are currently lacking, better equipping those who will shape our political future.

 

How is the magazine run?

 

Global Politics began with a team of seven people, from five countries, which developed the initial concept and got the publication up and running. The team currently comprises about eight people. Everyone contributes in their spare time on a voluntary basis. People are involved to varying degrees, depending on their availability. Some contribute to the editing, commissioning and proof-reading of articles; others take responsibility for one of the additional sections of the magazine. Almost everyone contributes to publicising the magazine.

 

Jacob Halpin oversees the magazine as a whole, and Nick Martlew coordinates the editorial side of the project. The production team is flexible, and changes as people’s situations and availability change.

 

There are always openings for new members of the team and innovations for the site. You could write an article or bring your own ideas for a section that you could take charge of. You could get involved with publicity, assist with research, and join the editing team. We are what you make us. 

 

The magazine is not a static project. It has grown continually from its conception, and continues to do so. Its growth depends on involving more people in its production, whilst continually publicising it more widely. Although Global Politics has been very well received wherever it has been promoted, it is an ongoing task to keep building the reader base.

 

How is the magazine funded?

 

Global Politics does not currently have any funding. This is a future aim. Finance will allow for more publicity, professional web management, and a number of other advantages.

 

What are the future aims?

 

Foremost in terms of future plans is to continue building the number of readers, and to increase the number and diversity of nationalities involved. After all, it is this diverse and international dialogue which the magazine is based on.

 

Global Politics is currently published every three months. We would like to increase this to every two months as we expand and attract more authors.

 

We also want to increase the number of people involved in the production of the magazine. At the moment our ability to take on more people is limited by the size of the magazine; only so many people are needed to produce the magazine as it stands at the moment. To create opportunities for more people we need build the readership, which means generating more publicity!

 

Some examples of the ways in which the production team may increase:

 

§         In terms of editing, as we increase readership and therefore the number of article submissions more editors/proof-readers will be required.

§         The production team will expand as the number (and size) of additional sections of the magazine grow. There are already ideas available, waiting for the right people to take charge of new sections.

§         We plan to carry out one-off projects which will also require additional assistance.

§         There is always the opportunity to assist with publicising the magazine, whether to a single organisation or to 20 universities.

 

Who is Global Politics Magazine is produced by?

 

Jacob Halpin  -  Director

Jacob founded the magazine in Autumn 2006 as he was finishing an MA at Sheffield University in the UK. After a spell with the international development organisation Results he spent four months with the British American Security Information Council, during which time he published work on international security issues.  He is now at the British Home Office, working on his Spanish and finding his way around London.

 

Nick Martlew - Editor

Before taking up the challenge of editing Global Politics, Nick Martlew studied at Oxford and Sheffield, in the UK.  He has worked for Hilary Benn MP and Nick Clegg MP, as well as a spell with Morrison’s Supermarkets.  Nick currently works five days a week for Oxfam as a researcher on humanitarian policy and programming.  In his spare time he also does his fair share of local campaigning, samba drumming and badgering people about apostrophes.

 

Lucia Green-Weiskel - Additional Editing

Lucia is a freelance writer and a MSc Asian Politics candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She grew up on an organic farm with 12 foster sisters. She has had work published in The Nation, Red Pepper and the SOAS Spirit and also does editorial work for Energy Intelligence.

 

Ricky Ben-David - Additional Editing

Ricky is a content editor for a leading Jerusalem-based Israeli newspaper. She has a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from  the Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya (IDC) and an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King's College London. She recently completed her thesis and lived to tell the tale. She lives in Tel Aviv and loves every minute in this energetic city. 

 

Angel N. Desai - Research

Angel recently received her B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include regional studies with a concentration in South Asia and globalisation. During her time as a student, she had the opportunity to work for a think tank in Chicago as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In her free time she is an avid musician, animal-lover and, from time to time, baker as well!

 

Andy Cryer - Legal

Andy is at the University of Sheffield, UK, where will begin his PhD in September 2007 in the field of international security, specifically looking at NATO’s role in the post-Cold War era. Andy also has an MA in International Political Economy. When not pursuing academic interests, he is most likely to be found at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where, having previously worked in both the Purchasing and Management Accounts departments, he now holds the post of Assistant General Manager – Surgical Directorate.

 

Diana Diaz - Research

Diana was awarded her Master's degree from the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2006. Her dissertation examined the decision making impasse at the Security Council. Her main research interests related to international political economy, new forms of governance, globalisation and multinational organisations. She lives in Mexico City and has worked for the Mexican Ministry of Finance and for HSBC Mexico. In her spare time she does 10-km races and enjoys travelling around the world.

 

Paul Gill - Marketing

Paul studied for both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield, UK, taking a particular interest in Liberal Imperialism and Middle Eastern politics. He also studied abroad for a year in Alberta, Canada to gain a different perspective on politics and learn skiing. He now spends most of his time training for marathons or thinking (and saving!) where to go next in the world.