Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Mohamed El Dahshan
August 16, 2018
Egypt aspires to be a regional energy market hub. Positioned on the Mediterranean Sea and between European markets and Middle East suppliers, Egypt has a developed energy infrastructure for refining, storage, and exporting oil and gas. “The country faces challenges, including maintaining...
David Dapice
August 14, 2018
The world’s largest economy appears strong, but economists worry about fundamentals and whether the nation’s spending is sustainable. Big tax cuts at the start of 2018, piled on top of stimulus funding over the course of a decade, have put US GDP growth at about 3 percent. “A deeper dive into the...
Joseph Chamie
August 9, 2018
Individuals increasingly expect the right to be informed and make their own decisions about health care, including control over the timing of death. Close to 800,000 people commit suicide every year, nearly 80 percent in low- and middle-income nations, reports the World Health Organization. As a...
Will Hickey
August 7, 2018
Blockchain technology promises fast payments combined with secure digital records and elimination of third-party intermediaries and delays. “Any contract, valuation, record or work process that can be digitized can be incorporated into a blockchain, representing enormous strides in processes,...
Rudrangshu Mukherjee
August 2, 2018
Liberalism – and the values of liberty, equality, individual dignity, tolerance, and freedom from bigotry and extremism – are under siege around much of the world, including the world’s largest democracy. India inherited an appreciation for liberal values as a result of British colonialism,...
Raluca Besliu
July 31, 2018
The old saying “What goes around comes around” has applications for industrial waste. Companies may evade responsibility, but the consequences of contamination caused by waste linger for society. Raluca Besliu describes how a chemical plant in Turda, Romania, transformed over the course of the 20th...
Kathryn Weathersby
July 26, 2018
With the end of the Second World War and Japan’s defeat, the Soviet Union and the United States divided and occupied Korea. The Korean War soon followed, from 1950 to 1953. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean armistice agreement, the longest ceasefire in existence...
Marlene Laruelle
July 24, 2018
Popular culture reflects and shapes political opinion – and leaders harness music, communications and sports to legitimize their programs and shape attitudes. Vladimir Putin has demonstrated “impressive ability to adapt and capture existing symbolic reservoirs” by understanding the “cultural habits...
Marc Grossman
July 19, 2018
Since the conclusion of the Second World War, the United States and its allies have led in building multiple international institutions that promote trade, security and diplomacy – including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and NATO. Yet too many Americans do not understand the...
Jolyon Howorth
July 17, 2018
Donald Trump’s rough-and-tumble diplomacy in Europe overshadowed more pressing concerns for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Trump harangued allies to spend more on defense even though NATO members had already agreed in 2014 to strive for spending 2 percent of GDP on defense by 2024. “NATO’s...
Joseph Chamie
July 12, 2018
Many countries in the world are undergoing demographic transition, with fertility rates below replacement level for more than 80 nations, about half of the world’s population. Women are choosing to have fewer children for many reasons related to financial and personal costs as well as uncertainty...
Vladimir Gel’man
July 10, 2018
Rejecting the expert opinions of educated specialists in trade, finance and other areas is tantamount to killing geese that lay golden eggs. “Nations that hope to contribute and compete in the modern world require skilled professionals, especially in complex areas such as taxation and banking, and...
Abu Sufian Shamrat
July 5, 2018
With the launch of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite, Bangladesh has entered the space age. The project, assisted by other space powers, cost US$248 million and marks a promising step in integrating the economy in a global market, explains Abu Sufian Shamrat. Critics of the Bangabandhu-1 point to other...
Philippe Le Corre
July 3, 2018
Protectionist stances on immigration and trade have overshadowed proposals for stricter reviews of inbound foreign investment: The United States plans reform for the Committee on Foreign Investment of the United States, which reviews projects for national security concerns, and the European Union...
Humphrey Hawksley
June 28, 2018
A rebalancing of world power is underway, and global and regional organizations are in need of reform. China and Russia challenge the post–World War II international order developed by the United States and its allies. China’s swift economic growth and Russia’s military interventions have caught...
Niruban Balachandran
June 26, 2018
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation and Asia’s fifth largest economy, is “a sprawling, 3,000-year-old civilization with more than 360 ethnicities, 707 languages and dozens of religions,” writes foreign policy analyst Niruban Balachandran. “Perhaps this diversity and openness to trade...
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...