Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Richard Weitz
April 25, 2017
The devastating power and ethical challenges of modern nuclear weapons ensure no winners regardless of which nation might launch first. The United States and Russia hold the most nuclear weapons and, despite differences in many areas, are best equipped to lead on all aspects of global nuclear...
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu
April 20, 2017
“The rise of populism in the Western world redefines the notion of political risk and teaches that risk has no permanent address,” explains Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, professor of international business and public policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a former deputy governor of the...
Paul Bracken
April 18, 2017
Nine countries possess about 15,000 nuclear weapons, reports the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. These weapons have become almost an afterthought as leaders of Russia and United States talk about modernizing nuclear arsenals - until crises emerge, such as the recent series of...
Dilip Hiro
April 13, 2017
Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since 1952, was recognized as candidate for full membership in the European Union in 1999. But under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – president since 2014 and prime minister before that since 2003 – the country’s relations with the EU have...
Robert A. Manning
April 11, 2017
Chinese officials have described the US-China relationship as “dangerously strained,” and the first summit between US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping may “stand out as an important first step in redefining and stabilizing a troubled and unsettled US-China relationship...
Mohammed Ayoob
April 6, 2017
Politics in Turkey, under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have already edged away from the parliamentary system toward an executive presidency. An April 16 referendum on an amendment to the constitution would confirm the strong presidency, “allowing Erdoğan to exercise unbridled power possibly for...
Thomas Graham
April 4, 2017
A diplomat for Napoleon Bonaparte once cautioned that Russia’s adversaries must avoid underestimating the country’s capabilities or overreacting. With that warning in mind, Thomas Graham, a senior fellow with the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, analyzes the US approach that underestimated...
Joanna Korey
March 30, 2017
At the close of the 20th century, democracy was the world’s most popular form of governance, an inspiring force. Then the 2008 economic crisis struck, a result of excess and debt, and eroded trust in national and global democratic institutions to identify and resolve big challenges. Increasing...
Harsh V Pant
March 28, 2017
With joint military exercises, weapons sales and multilateral conferences, Russia is reclaiming a role as a key powerhouse in Central and South Asia that it held during the Cold War. With a more isolationist administration in Washington, Moscow is also joining with China to fill a power vacuum in...
Börje Ljunggren
March 23, 2017
North Korea, intent on developing its nuclear weapons program, has conducted at least six increasingly advanced missile tests this year. The nation is a threat and could attack South Korea, Japan, US naval bases in the Pacific or even the US mainland in the not-so-distant future. Tackling this...
Bruce Stokes
March 21, 2017
The perceptions of national identity vary sharply among and within countries, especially between urban and rural areas. “A Pew Research Center survey finds that people generally place a relatively low premium on a person’s birthplace: Only 13 percent of Australians, 21 percent of Canadians, 32...
Joseph Chamie
March 16, 2017
Out-of-wedlock childbirths have become more common worldwide since the 1960s, but with wide variations among and within countries. Inreasing economic independence and education combined with modern birth control methods have given women more control over family planning. In about 25 countries,...
David Dapice
March 14, 2017
US lawmakers tried to rein in government spending by imposing a debt ceiling that must be lifted occasionally in order for the country to pay its bills. In October, US Congress suspended the US federal debt limit until March 15 of this year, explains economist David Dapice, though the ceiling has...
Chris Miller
March 9, 2017
To create jobs and boost US manufacturing, the Trump administration must develop strategic trade policies. However, the rising value of the US dollar and market expectations for tax cuts and spending complicate policymaking, explains Chris Miller, author and associate director of the Brady-Johnson...
Rakesh Sood
March 7, 2017
North Korea is rapidly developing its nuclear program, conducting multiple missile tests as well as two nuclear tests in 2016. The regime is also accused of using a chemical weapon to assassinate the North Korean dictator's half-brother who had been living under China’s protection. The brazen...
Louis René Beres
March 2, 2017
Wars and the technology for fighting them have evolved rapidly in recent decades. “We never win, and we don’t fight to win,” lamented US president Donald Trump shortly before announcing plans to increase US military spending. “We’ve either got to win, or don’t fight it at all.” However, Louis René...
Farok J. Contractor
February 28, 2017
The United States and China, the world’s largest markets, are major trade partners. The relationship provides numerous benefits including affordable goods for households and millions of jobs for both nations: China has an estimated 16 million, albeit many with low wages, engaged in exports to the...
Benjamin Zawacki
February 23, 2017
During the US election campaign and since, President Donald Trump and other members of his administration issued tough statements about China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea and promised to bulk up the US naval fleet. Thailand, both bilateral and multilateral treaty ally for the United...
David Dapice
February 21, 2017
The president and Republican legislators who control the US government are scrambling for ways to accomplish the quick fixes promised on the campaign trail: create more high-paying manufacturing jobs by limiting trade and making Mexico pay for a border wall to deter immigration. Conservatives...
Richard Weitz
February 16, 2017
Questions are mounting about Russian influence within the highest levels of US government. US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned after less than a month in office following reports he had discussed sanctions with Russia’s US ambassador weeks before Donald Trump entered office and...

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