Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Susan Froetschel
June 22, 2018
The Trump administration launched a zero-tolerance policy on undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers crossing the southern US border, resulting in mass arrests since early April. The administration rationalized that such arrests justified separating children from parents and placing them in...
Lowell Dittmer
June 21, 2018
A summit with the US president boosted standing for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. China, not part of the summit, advises Kim from the sidelines – China’s President Xi Jinping, in office since 2013, only agreed to meet Kim after Trump accepted the summit invitation in March. Kim has since met with Xi...
Shim Jae Hoon
June 19, 2018
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un returned home to a hero’s welcome for snagging a meeting with the US president and concessions including suspension of joint US–South Korea military exercises. Donald Trump returned with big promises, suggesting that Kim is “de-nuking the whole place, and he's going...
Donald K. Emmerson
June 14, 2018
Global powers express renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific, and intentions are divided over strategies that could counter China or entice Chinese participation. The Indo-Pacific region dominated discussions at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, even more so than the summit between leaders of...
Michał Romanowski
June 12, 2018
Mega sporting events like the Olympics or the World Cup attract global attention to host countries as well as the athletes. Russia, hosting the World Cup through mid-July, views such events as “a way to prove the world it is a guardian of universal norms,” writes Michal Romanowski, Eurasian expert...
Mikhail Troitskiy
June 7, 2018
Uncertainty in global economic or security affairs is often associated with risk. “And yet, ambiguity can be ‘constructive,’ bringing clear benefits in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution,” observes Mikhail Troitskiy, a political analyst in Moscow. “Ambiguity can be a force for common...
François Godement
June 5, 2018
Some foreign policy analysts criticized US President Donald Trump for pursuing a denuclearization agreement with North Korea soon after withdrawing from a 2015 agreement aimed at slowing Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. Iran and North Korea have a shared history of nuclear proliferation, writes...
Amina El Abed
May 31, 2018
The unprecedented mass protests throughout the Middle East during 2011's Arab Spring had limited effect on most regimes. Only Tunisia successfully ended authoritarian rule, but democracy remains a work in progress. Parties, aligned with powerful neighbors, have failed to provide ideological...
Louis René Beres
May 29, 2018
As US President Donald Trump tries to reschedule the summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un after having cancelled it, he must set realistic goals. The two sides kept talking, with Trump writing: “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great...
Dilip Hiro
May 24, 2018
US President Donald Trump has turned on European allies by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, undermining the foundation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Iran was in compliance with the agreement, but hardliners convinced Trump to exit the deal rather than try for revisions. Many...
Philip Bowring
May 22, 2018
Malaysians and overseas observers tentatively welcome election results that have ended 60 years of power for United Malays National Organization, a party increasingly associated with corruption and erosion of the rule of law. But worries are not far behind about “a disparate four-party coalition...
Volodymyr Dubovyk
May 17, 2018
Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and enjoyed relative peace for more than two decades until February 2014. “Vladimir Putin’s gamble of using military force in Crimea and Donbas has changed the relationship drastically,” writes Volodymyr Dubovyk, associate professor of...
Shyam Saran
May 15, 2018
The leaders of China and India, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, have nationalist tendencies with a pragmatic bend. Varying economic growth for the two rival nations and contrasting systems of governance – one increasingly authoritarian and the other democratic – have given China the upper hand as a...
Farok J. Contractor
May 10, 2018
Trade offers many benefits for economies, and the outlook for the United States is not as grim as some political leaders suggest. Still, there are challenges for the US-Chinese trade relationship, explains Farok J. Contractor, professor at Rutgers Business School. The United States does have a...
Jamsheed Choksy and Carol Choksy
May 8, 2018
President Donald Trump announced that the US is exiting from the Iranian nuclear deal and will reintroduce sanctions. Lifting sanctions was part of the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached by China, Iran, the United States, Russia, Germany, France, the United...
Harsh V Pant
May 3, 2018
Framed by Africa and Asia, the Indian Ocean is a potential source of global growth, already carrying two thirds of the world’s oil shipments and half the container traffic. China and India increasingly compete in the region, country by country, though local politics and resentments over tourism,...
Shim Jae Hoon
May 1, 2018
A summit between leaders of North and South Korea emphasized formality and symbolism around unity and peace more than content. President Moon Jae-in focuses on cultivating inter-Korean relations and peace for the Peninsula as he readies two political novices for the complex policy specifics of...
Michał Romanowski
April 26, 2018
Resisting uncertainty, Russian voters re-elected Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president. He will take the oath of office on May 7, but challenges could be in store for the regime as the president mulls a potential successor. “Over the past two decades, Russia has been transformed into a...
Riaz Hassan
April 24, 2018
The United Arab Emirates ranks among the 10 wealthiest nations in the world, but the wealth is not spread equally among the population of 9 million, 90 percent of which are migrant workers. The country prospered by relying on low-paid migrant workers, many from South Asia who work on short-term...
Atman Trivedi
April 19, 2018
The United States led many Asian allies in working for the region’s rules-based order since World War II. Donald Trump’s “America First” policies and a brush-off for the US State Department fortified the commitment of US allies. The United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in early...