Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Chris Miller
August 16, 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...
Joseph Chamie
July 13, 2017
Homelessness is a mark of failure for communities in providing basic security. Based on national reports, about 2 percent of the world’s population may be homeless. Another 20 percent lacks adequate housing, reports demographer Joseph Chamie. Such statistics come with a caveat. Obtaining accurate...
Richard Weitz
July 11, 2017
An immediate challenge for the international community, one that dominated discussions at the G20 summit in Hamberg, is North Korea. The dogged pursuit of a nuclear weapons by the rogue nation illustrates the repercussions and security dilemma of any nation’s quest for absolute security, heightens...
Murray Hiebert
July 5, 2017
For some parts of the world, the Trump administration's early emphasis on reducing US trade deficits and creating more US jobs might take a back seat to isolating North Korea. This may be especially true for the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Brunei, Cambodia...
Satveer Kaur-Gill and Mohan J Dutta
July 4, 2017
Middle-class families increasingly depend on domestic help for cooking and cleaning services, eldercare and childcare. Almost 70 million domestic workers, most women, toil around the globe. The global supply of labor for work deemed unskilled is huge. Wages are low, and private homes are the...
Dilip Hiro
June 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia – along with Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt – abruptly broke off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, then followed that up with an ultimatum and a 10-day deadline to respond. The first of 13 unreasonable demands targets Iran, Saudi Arabia’s key rival in the region by urging Qatar to...
Daniela Braun
June 27, 2017
Resentment over trade, foreign aid and other global endeavors along with promises to put America first helped Donald Trump win the US presidency. But highly infectious diseases do not stop at national borders, and “global health is a humanitarian duty, one with strategic implications,” explains...
Harsh V Pant
June 22, 2017
China insists that its One Belt, One Road initiative stretching along three continents will benefit the entire world with $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements. But some countries harbor doubts. Businesses and governments in the West express concern that the massive trade and infrastructure...
Jolyon Howorth
June 20, 2017
Emmanuel Macron won a solid victory in France’s two rounds of legislative elections, albeit with a low turnout that could signal either trust in the new president’s policies or weariness after multiple rounds of elections. “Macron’s overt objective in running for the presidency was to destroy a two...
Farok J. Contractor
June 15, 2017
Politicians are reaping gains by wrapping themselves in flags and directing hostility toward globalization. “Humankind is developing an emerging ‘global consciousness’ – a collective sensitivity to noble thoughts as well as to phobias and ignoble protectionism,” explains Farok Contractor, a...
Suisheng Zhao
June 13, 2017
China is rising and its leaders vow this rise will be peaceful. A shared history can be a motivating force, binding citizens together. “Some leaders, though, selectively use historical memories to serve political and strategic objectives,” explains Suisheng Zhao, professor and director of the...

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