INTERNATIONAL SITUATION IN THE FIRST SEMESTER OF 2012: AN APPARENTLY PERIOD OF PEACE BUT FACING IMPORTANT CHALLENGES
This research documents the current international economic and social environment from the perspective of the major international agencies. It is rewarding to investigate in retrospective way about what has happened during the first half of 2012, because knowing the past allows forecasting clearly but with uncertainty, the future of short and medium term. Today the mankind faces a period of crisis, synonymous of change and this research provides an updated overview of the global socio-economic environment, allowing the understanding of risks and opportunities.
This research is released to understand the actual international economic history, identifying the concerns of the main international agencies and taking into account important events that have occurred recently.
Nowadays the modern trends through which the knowledge is shared includes Internet, system that allows to learn and conceptualize the current international economic history in real time. In this way, the Internet has become an efficient tool for the development of studies and research as long as they maintain a strict quality control in the selection of sources. This idea deals with the concept of informational society that Castells describes as a society based on information and knowledge managed by the new technologies.
It is interesting to review the information available on Internet in order to get reliable information in connection with the current international economic environment, through consultations on official sites that international agencies owes for promoting transparency in the information and becoming sources of high quality data, increasing the knowledge and understanding of the globalization process as a result of the Scientific-Technological Revolution.
This is why within the sources of information used to conduct this research, it has been reviewed the official websites of several agencies, from the period January-June 2012 where the main events considered in this research were: the differences between Iran and some industrialized countries; the legitimate aspirations of Argentina; Syria meets a year of political instability; relevant seismic activity; the global unemployment and the possibility of mitigating this challenge through the green economy; and the G8, G20 and Río + 20 Summits.