Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Philip Bowring
October 25, 2018
Hong Kong’s reputation as an international financial powerhouse thrived under democratic principles of free speech, free assembly and free trade. But Beijing leaders would prefer speedier integration with China and what they regard as more patriotism. “Tension between these perceptions has long...
Harsh V Pant
October 23, 2018
Relations between the United States and India have gradually improved, but the world’s largest democracy has an independent streak as seen in two recent cases: First, India signed a multibillion deal to purchase a Russian air-defense missile system thereby risking sanctions approved by the US...
Kenneth Gillingham
October 18, 2018
Economic models allow societies to analyze complex problems and make sensible decisions. Yale University Professor William Nordhaus has been named winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on models that integrate climate change into long-term economic analysis. Paul Romer of New...
Bruce Riedel
October 16, 2018
After a shakeup in Saudi Arabia’s royal succession plan, the country presented its new crown prince as a reformer. Much of the world went along with the characterization until journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and was not seen again. Turkey accuses the...
Riaz Hassan
October 11, 2018
Pakistan’s civilian government has little control over the country’s powerful army which stands out as a most trusted institution, with more than 80 percent public approval, compared to 36 percent approval for government. Weak institutions that fail to address Pakistan’s challenges have allowed...
Peri-Khan Aqrawi-Whitcomb, Morgan D. Bazilian and Cyril Widdershoven
October 9, 2018
Prices are climbing for oil, the most traded commodity on global markets and the world’s leading energy source. Much production is in volatile regions, and it comes as little surprise that production and trade in crude oil and refined petroleum products have produced a flourishing illicit market...
Koichi Hamada
October 4, 2018
Research repeatedly demonstrates that globalization delivers prosperity through trade and jobs, new technologies and ideas, cooperation and peace. But many individuals fear open societies, change and competition. Innovative technologies, especially robotics and artificial intelligence, compound the...
Richard Weitz
October 2, 2018
As the United States begins its latest push to acquire next-generation nuclear weapons, the Kremlin has responded in lockstep by increasing its own nuclear arsenal and pressing Washington on arms control. China holds back and instead chooses to stick to conventional military forces and gaining...
Humphrey Hawksley
September 27, 2018
Countries that join together through multilateral organizations, whether the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or the United Nations, must determine the values required for pursuit of common goals. Yet there is stark contrast between Asian and western values – with Asia generally focused on...
Börje Ljunggren
September 25, 2018
The United States under Donald Trump targets China with protectionist policies with little regard to how these may harm close allies or traditional trade partners. China and other US trade partners may have assumed that the United States would tread carefully to avoid harming its own companies and...
Stephen S. Roach
September 20, 2018
The US president has imposed another round of tariffs, targeting $200 billion worth of goods from China, and China quickly retaliated with tariffs on $60 billion in US goods. But tensions between the two nations extend beyond trade, explains author Stephen S. Roach, senior fellow with the Yale...
Eric Schluessel
September 18, 2018
The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or East Turkestan as preferred by some residents, is China’s largest region. The region is home to 21 million people, most of whom are Uyghurs, Kazakhs and others who share the Muslim faith. The region accounts for less than 2 percent of China’s population,...
Nicholas Trickett
September 13, 2018
Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election. Foreign leaders and members of Congress have since focused their attention on Donald Trump’s Russia policies and may be neglecting other national security challenges. “The intense scrutiny placed on Trump and collusion has created a political...
Dilip Hiro
September 11, 2018
The UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East began operations in 1950, funded by volunteer contributions from UN member states, to provide relief for Palestine refugees after the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. UNRWA provides education, medical care and emergency assistance to...
Will HIckey
September 6, 2018
The US Federal Reserve and other central banks around the globe resolved the 2008 financial crisis by loosening controls over the money supply and reducing interest rates. Economists long urged caution over taking on excessive debt, but few countries heeded the warnings. As interest rates creep...
Joseph Chamie
September 4, 2018
The world has a record-breaking number of grandparents, representing almost 20 percent of the global population. “Today’s grandparents play vital and increasingly indispensable roles in modern family life, contributing to the well-being of generations succeeding them,” explains Joseph Chamie. “...
Philip Bowring
August 30, 2018
More than 75 nations participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, launched in 2013 to develop trade and connect Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe with ports, roads and railways. But some countries worry about adding to already heavy debt burdens, and some projects have become an issue in...
Azeem Ibrahim
August 28, 2018
Nations have taken meaningless gestures on the highly visible Rohingya crisis a year after the Myanmar military burned villages and drove more than 700,000 minority people across the border into Bangladesh and beyond. Myanmar, insisting that the Rohingyas are not citizens, has redistributed their...
Shim Jae Hoon
August 23, 2018
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un skillfully used a June summit meeting with US President Donald Trump to strengthen ties with China and improve his global standing. However, the “North Korean nuclear deal US President Donald Trump signed amidst great fanfare in Singapore in June may be unraveling...
Viacheslav Morozov
August 21, 2018
Russia is Europe’s most populous country, and Vladimir Putin, in his fourth term, promises to focus on modernizing the economy and social institutions. “It is evident... that achieving a new level of economic development is hardly possible in total isolation,” argues Viatcheslav Morozov, professor...