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Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers

Edited By Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa



The aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis still reverberate throughout the globe. Markets are down, unemployment is up, and nations from Greece to Ireland find their very infrastructure on the brink of collapse. There is also a crisis in the management of global affairs, with the institutions of global governance challenged as never before, accompanied by conflicts ranging from Syria, to Iran, to  Mali. Domestically, the bases for democratic legitimacy, social sustainability, and environmental adaptability are also changing. In this unique volume from the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations and the Social Science Research Council, some of the world’s greatest minds—from Nobel Prize winners to long-time activists—explore what the prolonged instability of the so-called Great Recession means for our traditional understanding of how governments can and should function. Through interviews that are sure to spark lively debate, 22 Ideas to Fix the World presents both analysis of past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the future.


The book surveys issues relevant to the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Speaking from a variety of perspectives, including economic, social, developmental, and political, the discussions here increase our understanding of what’s wrong with the world and how to get it right. Interviewees explore topics like the Arab Spring, the influence of international financial organizations, the possibilities for the growth of democracy, the acceleration of global warming, and how to develop enforceable standards for market and social regulation. These inspiring exchanges from some of our most sophisticated thinkers on world policy are honest, brief, and easily understood, presenting thought-provoking ideas in a clear and accessible manner that cuts through the academic jargon that too often obscures more than it reveals. 22 Ideas to Fix the World is living history in the finest sense—a lasting chronicle of the state of the global community today. 


Interviews with: Zygmunt Bauman, Shimshon Bichler & Jonathan Nitzan, Craig Calhoun, Ha-Joon Chang, Fred Dallmayr, Mike Davis, Bob Deacon, Kemal Dervis, Jiemian Yang, Peter J. Katzenstein, Ivan Krastev, Will Kymlicka, Manuel F. Montes, José Antonio Ocampo, Vladimir Popov, Jospeh Stiglitz, Olzhas Suleimenov, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Immanuel Wallerstein, Paul Watson, Vladimir Yakunin, Muhammad Yunus

About the Writer: Olzhas Suleimenov (born in 1936) is one of the most influential and respected poets and writers in modern Kazakhstan. Along with Andrey Voznesensky, Yevgeniy Yevtushenko, and Robert Rozhdestvensky, he is reckoned as one of the “Children of the 60’s” , a new wave if iconic Soviet intellectuals led by the Khrushev Thaw.
He has authored more than sixteen books of poetry and prose. His polemical novel Az-i-Ia (1975), widely debated, and then withdrawn from active circulation in the middle of the Brezhnev era, brought him both wide recognition in his native land and problems with the Soviet authorities.
In 1989, Olzhas Suleimenov founded the Nevada-Semipalatinsk Movement, which became one of the most vocal voices for the closure of all nuclear testing facilities in Kazakhstan. He also co-founded the Issyk Kul Forum, which has been recognized as an important organization of intellectuals in the former Soviet Union. He currently serves as the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to UNESCO.
Most recently, Olzhas Suleimenov was featured in a unique volume 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers (2013) where he gives his take on the past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the future.

Piotr Dutkiewicz is Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Institute of European and Russian Studies. He was educated at Warsaw University (LLM) and the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow (PhD). He was a Fellow of St. Peter’s and Nuffield Colleges in Oxford and a Visiting Professor at Berkeley University, Institute for International Relations (USA) and taught at Warsaw University in Poland (1977-1989) and Queen’s University (1990-1993) in Kingston, Ontario. Co-organizer of twenty international conferences.

Professor Dutkiewicz was editor-in-chief of a 21 volume series on “Local and Regional Development in Poland and Eastern Europe” (1986-1989) and editor (or co-editor) of 12 books. He is also the author of many chapters in books and articles in professional journals. He was a Director of four large scales, high visibility Projects in Russia funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (on regional development, unemployment insurance, labor market and social policies). He is currently is involved in CIDA -AUCC lead project on juvenile justice and youth at risk in Russia. He was also a member of a Canadian Official State delegation to Russia in 2003 (lead by Gov. General Adrienne Clarkson). May, 2006 he received a doctorate Honoris Causa from the People’s Friendship University and in 2007 the Honorary Degree from the Russian academy of Public Administration in Moscow for the “very significant contribution to the development of Canada- Russia relations and quality of research.”

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