Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Steven Borowiec
February 22, 2018
Moon Jae-in became South Korea’s president in 2017 and the wake of a corruption scandal and impeachment of his predecessor. He has made addressing inequality a priority. “He is responding to a growing despair in South Korea that ordinary people cannot get ahead, small- and medium-sized companies...
Pranab Bardhan
February 20, 2018
For many workers, insecurity is a more pressing concern than inequality. They worry more about jobs threatened by global trade and automation, their communities’ vanishing way of life, and children’s future than inequality and increasing amounts of wealth controlled by a small percentage of the...
Joseph Chamie
February 15, 2018
A century ago, a vicious strain of the influenza swiftly moved around the globe, infecting one third of the world’s population and killing as many as 100 million people. The first confirmed outbreak was at a US military camp in Kansas. The 2018 strain, much like the one striking today, infected...
David J.X. Gonzalez
February 13, 2018
Mercury is among the top 10 chemical hazards listed by the World Health Organization. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a treaty adopted in 2013 and opened for signatures, aims to reduce global mercury pollution and protect global health. “The convention prohibits the opening of new mercury mines...
David Dapice
February 8, 2018
The world economy steadily climbed to new heights, recovering after the 2007-2008 debt crisis, and central banks are stepping back programs that pumped liquidity into the markets. A dramatic decline in the US stock market may be a routine correction or signal new volatility for the world's...
Shim Jae Hoon
February 6, 2018
War on the Korean Peninsula would be catastrophic. North Korea has nuclear capability while South Korea depends on an alliance with the United States, the world’s largest military. Even hardliners on North Korea like former US national security official Victor Cha – no longer under consideration...
Debalina Ghoshal
February 1, 2018
India tested its first nuclear device in 1974 and then in 1998 conducted three nuclear tests, defying an international ban and prompting condemnation. India’s experiences over the next two decades demonstrate the futility of restrictions against a very determined nation, explains independent...
Dilip Hiro
January 30, 2018
Diplomatic talks among Syrian parties sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey are underway in Sochi. Turkey’s leadership promoted the notion during the 2011 Arab Spring protests that the country could be a democratic model for other Muslim nations. But the country of 80 million people lacks natural...
Joseph Chamie
January 25, 2018
Women have made great strides in education, employment, politics and equality in general worldwide, but participation in the labor force remains stubbornly below those of men. “By and large, a substantial proportion of mothers withdraw from employment after childbirth,” explains demography expert...
Ehsan M. Ahrari
January 23, 2018
After many promises about military prowess and secret plans, the Trump administration is desperate for victory in Afghanistan. US presidents have struggled to understand that, for the Taliban, a fundamentalist political and military group, victory is the ability to outwait a foreign invader,...
Raluca Besliu
January 18, 2018
Innovation flourishes in the poorest of nations with necessity as the mother of invention. In West Africa's Togo, where the GDP per capita is $1,500, professionals like Afate Gnikou often earn extra cash by helping repair neighbors' cell phones or cars using odd parts. In 2012, he...
Harsh V Pant
January 16, 2018
Relations between Asia’s two most populous nations deteriorated over the course of 2017 as both compete over building regional influence. India has questioned China’s motives with the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Also, China and India had a standoff at...
Barry Mirkin
January 11, 2018
A sizable percentage of the adult workforce in the Philippines pursues overseas employment opportunities, creating a revenue stream that supplements the national economy. A lagging job market at home and the need for workers in certain industries and nations abroad contribute to the export of labor...
J.H. Bográn
January 9, 2018
The young film industry in Honduras, a country of 9 million people, struggled to produce a film each year only a decade ago. But the industry boomed in 2017 with more than a dozen films produced. And for the first time, a Honduran film – Morazán - was considered for an Academy Award, joining the...
Susan Froetschel
January 8, 2018
Michael Wolff insists he had no agenda in writing Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. In television interviews, Wolff claims that he wishes he could have written that “this unexpected president is actually going to succeed,” before adding “This is worse than everybody thought.” Susan...
Carlo Jose Vicente Caro
January 4, 2018
Venezuela had strong ties with the United States until 1998, when Hugo Chávez was elected president. With the world’s largest proven oil reserves, the country of 32 million should be wealthy. But Chávez and Nicolás Maduro revised the constitution, concentrating presidential power in their hands,...
Richard Weitz
January 2, 2018
As mandated by the Congress, the Trump administration has unveiled its National Security Strategy, and promises to advance US influence in the world and put “America First.” The strategy released in mid-December reaffirms longstanding US perspectives, but also describes a dark and hyper-competitive...
Riaz Hassan
December 21, 2017
India has enjoyed spectacular growth since 1990, but the nation’s wealth is concentrated and not trickling down to most people. “The surging economic growth has improved living conditions of its citizens, but these improvements were not uniformly distributed among India’s diverse population,”...
Ge Chen
December 19, 2017
The rule of law is a fundamental prerequisite of globalization that contributes to a stable environment for trade and investment, argues Ge Chen, an expert on China’s judicial system and legal policies at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. Chen writes about the fervent anti-...
Jolyon Howorth
December 14, 2017
The United Kingdom and the European Union reached initial agreement on three major Brexit issues, but as the British prime minister once said, “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.” The agreement covers rights for UK or EU citizens living in either place, a €55 billion financial settlement...