Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Joseph Chamie
March 31, 2020
When fertility rates drift from an average of about two births per woman, societies must manage population bulges of very young or old. Nigeria has a fertility rate of 5.5 children per woman, with a median age of 18. The median age for Italy, with a rate of 1.3 children per woman, is 45. Such...
David Dapice
March 26, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic delivers a powerful shock to economies and exposes uncertainty. Waiting for vaccines and treatments, governments put the brakes on activities, imposing lockdowns to “flatten the curve” of infections and prevent a crush on hospitals. Governments and business try a range of...
Bernard Gilland
March 24, 2020
The world is in a vicious cycle with increasing reliance on fossil fuels and related technological advances, in turn driving food production, population growth and climate change. New cereal varieties, combined with fertilizer processes requiring energy, tripled annual crop yields since 1950 to 4...
Dilip Hiro
March 19, 2020
COVID-19’s wave of infections has numbed the global economy, stopping transport and face-to-face trade in Asia, Europe and the Americas. This pandemic, combined with OPEC and non-OPEC nations failing to reach agreement on oil-production limits, has created a massive oil glut. OPEC and a group of...
Steven McCulloch
March 17, 2020
The United Kingdom has long been a leader for animal welfare and rights, passing the world’s first major animal protection law in 1822. “The UK played a leading role in development of EU laws protecting animals on the farm, at transport and slaughter,” explains Steven McCulloch, a veterinary...
Austin Bodetti
March 12, 2020
China’s leaders have detained a million Uyghurs for reeducation, claiming the goal is preventing extremism. But little concern is displayed about the Taliban who increasingly gain control in Afghanistan. China shares a 76-kilometer border with Afghanistan and holds regular discussions with the...
Xiaoli Jin
March 10, 2020
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reviews US foreign investments in the United States and allows the president to suspend or block transactions if other laws do not apply even as “credible evidence” suggests a national security risk. The group of nine cabinet members and...
Mike Chinoy
March 5, 2020
COVID-19 may have temporarily subdued protests in Hong Kong, but a hardline approach from authorities combined with bungling on the management and communications on the outbreak could fuel more discontent. Even as Hong Kong contends with more than 100 COVID-19 cases and economic disruptions,...
Stephen Roach
March 3, 2020
The new coronavirus strikes as the pace of growth for some large economies around the world has slowed or even contracted. That constrains governments’ ability to respond. “This is a supply shock – not a demand shock that can be rectified with monetary stimulus,” explains Stephen Roach, author,...
Susan Froetschel
February 27, 2020
COVID-19 has spread around the globe, with more than 80,000 cases reported in 45 nations, the bulk of them in China. The World Health Organization has yet to declare a global pandemic but public health agencies and researchers around the world prepare while sharing data and findings. A challenge is...
Natella Nuralieva
February 25, 2020
The internet, smartphones and social media have transformed crisis communications even in countries where leaders strive for tight control. The public expects fast, regular updates, and refusing comment is no longer an option. Russia learned this during summer of 2019 as wildfires raged in Siberia...
Frank Ching
February 20, 2020
When problems emerge, the instinct for China’s leaders is to shut down reporting. After detecting multiple cases that resembled SARS, Wuhan physician Li Wenliang sent a WeChat message to medical school alumni in late December. Local authorities wasted valuable time by targeting Li, pressuring him...
Börje Ljunggren
February 18, 2020
The coronavirus and economic challenges notwithstanding, China’s leaders are ambitious, determined to be second to none. For now, the Chinese Communist Party is intent to avoid the fate of the Soviet Union, which rose in December 1922 and fell in December 1991. Modern China, impoverished in 1949,...
Jeffrey Wasserstrom
February 13, 2020
The 1989 Tiananmen Square protests led to iconic images, like the lone man, his identity unknown, confronting a line of Chinese People’s Liberation Army tanks. The ongoing protests in Hong Kong, which began in 2019, have already lasted more than twice as long as the Umbrella Movement and more than...
Joseph Chamie
February 11, 2020
Understanding global demographic trends is essential for government and business planners, offering insights into resolving numerous challenges. World population growth is slightly ahead of what was projected a few years ago, reports demographer Joseph Chamie. More than half the world lives in...
John Zarobell
February 6, 2020
Governments have long encouraged minimal or no taxation in free trade zones and freeports to encourage commerce and economic activity, and the concept of secure warehouses for luxury goods in transit began with the Geneva Freeport in the late 19th century. Such complexes expand worldwide as...
Simon M. Mutungi
February 4, 2020
Fifteen West African nations plan to launch a common currency this year under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States. That group strives for economic integration and development, and the new currency could help with creation of a single market for goods and services, as...
Pablo Vidal-González and Joel Bueso-Ródenas
January 30, 2020
Historically, only the wealthy could afford to eat meat daily. Meat production has increased with population growth and global poverty reduction, yet consumers in the wealthiest nations question health benefits of meat and environmental impacts associated with intensive agriculture, including...
January 29, 2020
US senators can submit questions for 16 hours over two days during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Early questions are short and pointed, exposing partisan polarization, seeking affirmation rather than new information. Democrats want witnesses, especially testimony from former...
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,...
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