Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Mustafa Batman
January 28, 2020
Conflicts in the Middle East attract interventions by regional powers. The Turkish parliament’s approval of troop deployment to assist one side in the Libyan civil conflict reveals some themes, explains Mustafa Batman, an International Fox Fellow at Yale University. Turkey’s involvement in Libya,...
Richard Weitz
January 23, 2020
The last treaty limiting Russian-US nuclear weapons, New START, expires in February. The Trump administration would prefer a comprehensive agreement including more strategic weapons and countries, especially China, explains Richard Weitz, senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-...
Harsh V Pant
January 21, 2020
A decisive electoral victory in 2019 has emboldened India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in foreign policy. Ambition and confidence are useful for a fast changing global order, but can add to India’s challenges. A key example: Modi’s suspension of Article 370 via Clause 3 and autonomy for Jammu and...
January 19, 2020
The US House of Representatives and the President have submitted trial briefs to the US Senate. The House brief, 100-plus pages in length, outlines efforts by US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and others, including withholding aid and meetings, to convince Ukrainian leaders to announce...
Chandran Nair
January 16, 2020
The costs of climate change are mounting, yet the UN Climate Change Conference in December failed to reach substantial agreements on policies or funding for mitigation. Business and government leaders regard economic growth as paramount even as climate scientists warn that a warming climate will...
Dilip Hiro
January 14, 2020
Iranians and Americans alike are weary of war in the Middle East and the many high costs. Both nations may try to harness that weariness. “By exercising restraint in responding to Washington’s provocations, Iran could play on American voters’ opposition to endless wars in the Middle East and help...
Thomas Graham
January 9, 2020
A nation is most powerful when its ability to influence others is sustainable. Systems that place power in the hands of a single individual are vulnerable. Vladimir Putin has led his country for two decades through daunting challenges. “During the 1990s, Russia endured a profound systemic crisis...
Austin Bodetti
January 7, 2020
Oman stands out in the Middle East for its deliberate pursuit of neutrality to ensure stability. “Omani officials have relied on their country’s relative anonymity to exercise considerable influence behind the scenes, maintaining contacts with competing regional powers such as Iran, Israel and...
Nguyen Quang Dy
January 2, 2020
China continues aggressive moves in the South China Sea, extending into the exclusive economic zones of other nations. “A planned meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Nguyễn Phú Trọng could be pivotal for a strategic partnership, but is unlikely to happen any time soon,” explains Nguyen...
Nonyelum A. Ujam
December 26, 2019
UNICEF estimates the world has about 650 million females who married under the age of 18. Child marriages not only limit individual human rights, but also perpetuate poverty and inequality for entire communities and countries. Nonyelum A. Ujam, who works with the Central Bank of Nigeria and is a...
Harold Hongju Koh
December 19, 2019
The United States is severely divided over impeachment, with a Senate trial anticipated in January. It’s unlikely that the required 67 senators will vote to remove Donald Trump from office, but “the proceedings have laid bare the severe national security distortions caused by his unconstitutional...
Marc Grossman
December 17, 2019
The world is in a race to deliver fifth-generation networks, expected to offer new applications in robotics, space, defense, telecommunications, medicine and more while delivering high performance with far greater multi-gigabit capacity, speed and transmission of massive volumes of data. China...
Joseph Chamie
December 12, 2019
More women pause before rushing into marriage. Historically, the institution represented women's only path for financial security, but social and economic pressures have subsided in advanced economies. Research studies along with cultural and demographic trends support decisions to delay...
Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León
December 10, 2019
The World Trade Organization is effective at reducing trade frictions among more than 160 members because of its Dispute Settlement Understanding that allows enforcement of complex trade rules. Yet the United States has steadfastly blocked appointments to the Appellate Body, which is supposed to...
Frank Ching
December 5, 2019
China had two setbacks in November, reminders that centralized communist governance is not appreciated worldwide. First, Hong Kong reported record turnout for district council elections, widely regarded as a referendum on China’s control. Pro-democratic forces won by a landslide, taking control...
Bruce E. Wexler
December 3, 2019
Competitive nations recognize that education helps societies advance. China is embracing research in sensors, brain-image scanners and other high-tech equipment to study children’s learning and performance in real time. “Neuroscience – studies of brain development, structure, function and...
Tom Fawthrop
November 28, 2019
Rivers contribute to transport, tourism, hydropower and resources including fish and freshwater. Yet excessive drought, dam-building and other development can ruin rivers. That is happening to the Mekong River, which flows from Tibet to the South China Sea. The Lower Mekong winds through Cambodia,...
David Dapice
November 26, 2019
The world economy slows, yet by sustaining steady economic growth the US economy has avoided recession. But the global economy can anticipate sluggish growth due to China-US trade tensions, slow business investment despite downward pressure on interest rates, fears about retirement and social...
Gregory Clough and Morgan D. Bazilian
November 21, 2019
Representatives from Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Albania and the United States opened a command center in Bahrain November 7, launching Operation Sentinel, a security initiative for protecting the Strait of Hormuz. The operation is a response to...
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