Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Euston Quah and Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
October 6, 2016
Indonesia and the surrounding region produces 80 percent of the world’s palm oil. In the short term, slashing and burning brush is a low-cost way for farmers to clear land for palm-oil production. But a murky haze chokes the region, contributing to illnesses and deaths, not to mention lost...
Satu Limaye and Robert Sutter
October 4, 2016
US presidential candidates are promising new directions on trade relations with Asia. Varying levels of concern have emerged in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, suggests “America’s 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions,” a report prepared by Robert Sutter and Satu Limaye for...
Harsh V. Pant
September 29, 2016
The Non-Aligned Movement was formed in 1961 by developing nations as a buffer from the tangle of Cold War machinations and legacies of colonialism. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s prime minister at the time, was a co-founder of the movement, and non-alignment has since been an integral part of the nation...
Joseph Chamie
September 27, 2016
Cross-border immigration accounts for much of the population growth in developed countries with low fertility rates. Such immigration has also become an election issue around the globe. Joseph Chamie, former director of the UN Population Division, urges countries to assess demographic changes and...
Bertil Lintiner
September 22, 2016
Bhutan is nestled among the Himalayas and between Asia’s two giant powers – India to the south and China to the north. The small kingdom, a country of 750,000, has long had ties with India. So India watches closely as China steps up attempts to settle longstanding border differences and strengthen...
Bennett Ramberg
September 20, 2016
North Korea has alarmed the international community by detonating another nuclear weapon, its fifth, along with other missile tests. The United States and other nations must develop new military and diplomatic strategies as Pyongyang positions itself as a credible nuclear-armed state, urges author...
Pranab Bardhan
September 15, 2016
Populists take advantage of the real pain of inequality and the economic disruptions of new technology and globalization. Sympathetic and angry, they promise quick fixes and resist compromise. Such “demagogues thrive when the institutions of democracy are hollowed out,” argues economist Pranab...
Dilip Hiro
September 13, 2016
Uzbekistan in Central Asia commands enormous attention from great powers, and Islam Abduganievich Karimov was adept at exploiting such interest. His death will do little to change the country’s manipulative or authoritarian ways, suggests author Dilip Hiro: “Karimov succeeded in getting the better...
Harry J. Kazianis
September 8, 2016
China is not content with being second place in economic or military prowess, and a divisive election in the United States may open a window of opportunity for Chinese moves toward hegemony, especially in the South China Sea, suggests Harry Kazianis, director of Defense Studies for the Center of...
Chris Miller
September 6, 2016
Fear is growing that globalization has spun out of control, with too many decisions at the local level left by the wayside. Contending with home-front discontent, leaders of the world’s major economies gathered for the G20 summit, encountering many reminders that nations are part of a global...
Satu Limaye
September 1, 2016
The United States and China are among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' dialogue partners. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has forged closer ties with the regional group that will endure, explains Satu Limaye, director of the East-West Center in Washington and the...
François Godement
August 30, 2016
China’s vision for global order and skill at managing global economic affairs will be on display at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Other nations attending may expect answers on pressing concerns, from war in the Middle East and the refugee crisis to territorial disputes in the nearby South and East...
Harsh V. Pant
August 25, 2016
India and Pakistan have battled over territory since winning independence in 1947. Efforts by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ease tensions over the past two years have hit a wall as terrorism backed by Pakistan continues in Kashmir. Meanwhile, Pakistan tightens relations with China....
Frank Ching
August 23, 2016
China is intent on being the dominant, central force in Asia and recognized as such by the international community. China’s rise may be taking more time than some might have expected soon after the Great Recession ravaged advanced economies of the West. The United States and Europe bounced back...
David Dapice
August 18, 2016
British voters elected to leave the European Union, which in turn ushered in new leadership for the United Kingdom. But few are sure of the next step, and British leaders are wise to proceed cautiously before invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty and starting the process of negotiating a separation...
Bruce Stokes
August 16, 2016
Managing global security in a tightly interconnected world requires global cooperation. Challenges like the spread of nuclear weapons, climate change or terrorism left unchecked in one place quickly become problems for the rest of the world. Global citizens anticipate US leadership. “Without a vote...
Börje Ljunggren
August 11, 2016
China came to the aid of the stricken global economy in 2008 with record stimulus funds. But that stimulus injection encouraged debt and overcapacity in key markets like steel and aluminum, explains Börje Ljunggren, author and former Swedish ambassador to China. The country’s total debt has more...
Chris Miller
August 9, 2016
The European Union may strengthen after voters in the United Kingdom elected to withdraw from the Union, and Chris Miller, associate director of Yale’s Grand Strategy Program, offers analysis as to why: Britain’s economic challenges could prompt hesitation among other members contemplating a...
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
August 4, 2016
Uncontrolled migration – spurred by a growing populations, fewer resources like water or arable land as well as increasing conflict – has become a contentious political issue, particularly in advanced economies like Europe and the United States, argue demography experts Joseph Chamie and Barry...
Humphrey Hawksley
August 2, 2016
Democracy appears to be malfunctioning in a fast-paced world. “The concept of the Western-style democratic system is that an accountable government funded by revenue from the market will distribute wealth thus creating a stable society,” writes journalist Humphrey Hawksley, who points out large...

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