Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Agnia Grigas and Seth Freeman
September 21, 2017
The United States may have declared victory in the Cold War after the Soviet Union’s fall, but Russia's President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, did not give up trying to disrupt democracies. Russia has invested in waging a propaganda war with “data hacking, denial-of-service attacks,...
Humphrey Hawksley
September 19, 2017
Disasters no longer seem like rare events with the internet and smartphones delivering instant, compelling stories for a global audience that is curious, observant and active on social media. Experiencing disaster, then being in the public eye, can be traumatic, and so Britain’s National Health...
Harsh V Pant
September 14, 2017
The abrupt hostilities that flared this summer at the tri-border region of Bhutan, China and India were settled peacefully. Harsh V Pant, professor of international relations, credits the BRICS summit meeting – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – for hastening agreement. “It would have...
Robert A. Manning
September 12, 2017
North Korea is racing to develop nuclear capability with no sign of a willingness to talk or compromise. South Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the United States oppose North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but agreement ends there. The US and allies South Korea and Japan would like to toughen...
Agnia Grigas
September 7, 2017
Houston is the fourth largest US city, and since the 1970s its economic growth has centered around the energy industry. Hurricane Harvey devastated the region, and “the storm’s aftermath and cleanup raise questions among energy importers across the globe,” explains Agnia Grigas, author and senior...
Joseph Chamie
September 5, 2017
US immigration policies contribute to growth and prosperity and maintain population levels as the nation’s fertility rates decline. “During the country’s first century, Congress did not enact limits on immigration and migrants arrived from Europe, Africa and Asia,” explains demographer Joseph...
Marc Grossman and Tom West
August 31, 2017
Uncertainties over follow-through could jeopardize the strategy outlined by US President Donald Trump for Afghanistan. The strategy as outlined answers many questions, but more challenges and questions are sure to emerge, explain Marc Grossman and Tom West. Grossman is a former US Special...
Susan Froetschel
August 29, 2017
Two deadly storms, Typhoon Hato in southern China and Hurricane Harvey in Texas, struck the world’s largest economies in the span of one week, leaving billions of dollars of damage and displacing thousands. Such storms destroy beaches, the natural buffers for coastal communities against surging...
Tuong Vu
August 24, 2017
Neighbors China and Vietnam share a long, complicated history. China is the dominant partner and most recently pressured Vietnam to cancel an oil-drilling contract in the South China Sea with the Spanish oil firm Repsol. Soon afterward, Vietnam’s defense minister met with his counterpart in...
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
August 22, 2017
Values are a uniting force around the globe, slowly replacing an era of industry and economics, and soft power is more enticing than hard power for a global audience. National leaders may try to set new conditions for universal standards of justice, known as the moral high ground, but they can...
Chris Miller
August 17, 2017
The International Monetary Fund has warned China that debt-fueled growth is not sustainable. Chinese leaders continue to delay financial reforms for containing corporate debt that has accumulated at a rate with few precedents in recent history, according to Chris Miller, associate director of the...
François Godement
August 15, 2017
For more than 70 years the world has refrained from the horrors associated with nuclear attack. The threat no longer seems remote as North Korea conducts tests and names possible targets, and the US president dismisses “strategic patience,” promising a fiery response in return. A nuclear strike...
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
August 10, 2017
India is poised to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2024. Poverty is linked to fertility rates, and individual and government attention to population trends contributes to sustainable development. Both China and India have reduced fertility rates and poverty since 1950, when...
Louis René Beres
August 8, 2017
Critics accuse the Trump administration of making ill-advised or contradictory decisions about crises in the Middle East involving countries from Qatar to Israel as well as non-state actors such as the Islamic State. Louis René Beres, professor of international law, argues that such difficulties...
Bruce Stokes
August 3, 2017
Global confidence in US policies plummeted during the early months of Donald Trump’s presidency, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Only Russia showed a marked increase in confidence in the United States under Trump. A median of 22 percent in the survey report confidence in Trump to do the...
Shim Jae Hoon
August 1, 2017
North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed off the coast of Japan but soared over the region for 47 minutes, suggesting a potential reach of 10,400 kilometers, perhaps more when accounting for the Earth’s rotation. US President Donald Trump lashed out at China over...
Börje Ljunggren
July 27, 2017
Thucydides, a general in Ancient Greece, was exiled from Athens after failing to reach the city of Amphipolis to prevent takeover by the Spartans. In exile, he wrote a history of the 27-year Peloponnesian War and determined, “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that...
Shyam Saran
July 25, 2017
In June, Chinese road-building crews accompanied by soldiers started construction in western Bhutan. India’s swift response, confronting the crew with troops, may have caught China off guard, and the two countries have been in a standoff since. “India must carefully select a few key issues where it...
Marc Grossman and Tom West
July 20, 2017
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, charged with the task of deciding whether to send more US troops into Afghanistan, must determine the mission, the level of support from allies and other partners in the region, and the readiness of the Afghan government and its forces to withstand an...
Agnia Grigas
July 17, 2017
Investigations are underway into Russian interference in the US election, and policies regarding Russia attract scrutiny. The US Senate approved a bill to tighten sanctions against select Russian companies including some in the energy sector and block possible removal by the president. The bill is...

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