Recent YaleGlobal Articles

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...
Dilip Hiro
June 8, 2017
Tensions have long simmered between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, though both are monarchies and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia and two allies severed diplomatic ties after Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was reported to have delivered a speech on 22 May, suggesting support...
Wenshan Jia
June 6, 2017
Since 2009, when author Wenshan Jia coined the term “Chiglobalization,” China has continued to embrace globalization. China's leaders have forged ahead with new connections in ways that outpace the rhetoric and globalization endeavors of Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. “China...
Donald K. Emmerson
June 1, 2017
The United States is either indifferent to freedom-of-navigation rights in the South China Sea or cagey about its strategic interests. The USS Dewey, a guided missile destroyer, moved within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, a land feature occupied by China, explains Donald K. Emmerson. The US...
Louis René Beres
May 30, 2017
In a tightly interconnected world, the consequences of one nation’s recklessness can spread quickly. Foreign policy shortcomings invite immediate responses from other states, and their institutions evolve accordingly. As individual nations expand military prowess, others follow suit, compounding...
Dilip Hiro
May 25, 2017
Saudi Arabia’s royalty went all out in greeting US President Donald Trump with pomp and circumstance, exaggerating the visit as “historic” and a “landmark event.” The Trump team more aptly describes relations as going through a reset: Trump has backed away from his campaign criticism of the...
Hassan Siddiq
May 23, 2017
For the developing world, globalization was synonymous with Americanization. Since the end of World War II, the United States led in influencing global trade and security arrangements, shaping the future with investments in research and higher education. US President Donald Trump, expressing...
Joseph Chamie
May 18, 2017
Postsecondary education, regarded as essential in a competitive global job market, is credited for increasing prosperity for individuals and their communities. Greater numbers of students pursue higher education, but rising costs of college force many to rely on loans. Tuition for attending a...
June Teufel Dreyer
May 16, 2017
The South China Sea quandary continues. In summer of 2016, the international Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague issued a ruling in a case brought by the Philippines, rejecting China’s claims to most of the sea along with construction of artificial islands. The Philippines, under Rodrigo...
François Godement
May 11, 2017
Emmanuel Macron took a political risk, fiercely defending the European project, to win the French presidential race. His decisive victory, capturing 65 percent of the vote over populist Marine Le Pen’s 35 percent, lifts the confidence for all who support the principles that Europe is stronger as a...
Carol E. B. Choksy and Jamsheed K. Choksy
May 9, 2017
During ceasefire talks in early May, Russia proposed creation of de-escalation zones, with itself, Iran and Turkey as guarantors. Partition is necessary, argue Carol E. B. Choksy and Jamsheed K. Choksy of Indiana University. “But having three nations that greatly abet the strife serve as enforcers...

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