Recent YaleGlobal Articles

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...
Tom Ascott
November 19, 2019
With local news in decline and more legitimate news behind internet paywalls, readers turn to social media where conspiracy theories are plentiful. Some conspiracy theories emerge from anxiety, such as parents worrying about the side effects of vaccinations for children. Others are deliberate...
Dawn Brancati and Nathan Law
November 14, 2019
The sustained protests for democracy in Hong Kong have spread to cities around the globe, challenging anyone with ties with China to take a stand. “Few protests have the potential to go global like those in Hong Kong due to the large number of people from Hong Kong and mainland China studying...
Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy
November 12, 2019
Donald Trump pulled the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran's nuclear program in May 2018, insisting the agreement was not tough enough. He then reinstated sanctions and urged Iranian leaders to renegotiate another deal. But Iran is in no mood to negotiate and...
Will Hickey
November 7, 2019
To sustain economic growth, central banks in advanced economies have steadily reduced interest rates, encouraging consumers to spend. About 30 percent of the world’s investment-grade securities is in negative rate territory – which means lenders and savers pay others to use their funds. But...
Dilip Hiro
November 5, 2019
By withdrawing troops, the Trump administration quickly reset standing for players in Syria’s civil war. That move displaced Kurdish-dominated Syrian Defense Forces, as US allies in the fight against the Islamic State, and boosted Turkey’s claims to the border region. The greatest beneficiary may...
Mike Chinoy
October 31, 2019
Hong Kong barred a 23-year-old man from running for a seat on a local district council that has no real power to pass legislation. Joshua Wong, an activist who supports the protests in Hong Kong, recently testified before US Congress, lobbying for a bill that would heighten scrutiny of human rights...
Atman Trivedi and Santiago Herdoiza
October 29, 2019
US foreign policy is in chaos after the president impulsively withdrew US troops from northeast Syria and abandoned Kurdish allies who led the ground war against Islamic State extremists. Turkey then launched military operations against the minority ethnic group. That decision was made as an...
Kate Schecter
October 24, 2019
Guatemalans make up about 40 percent of the nearly 1 million people who have turned themselves in to US Border Patrol agents since October 2016. Many are desperate to flee rural poverty and gang violence, attempting a treacherous journey through Mexico to the United States. “While the numbers of...
Amy Hawkins and Jeffrey Wasserstrom
October 22, 2019
Fiction has the power to deliver insights into complex social challenges, and in the words of China’s President Xi Jinping, “Great works have such a great power to move readers.” Xi is an avid reader, reports the People's Daily, and Victor Hugo is among his favorite authors. The French poet,...
Ge Chen
October 17, 2019
Businesses around the world eye the massive Chinese market, and for professional basketball, that market makes up around 10 percent of NBA gross revenue. A tweet sent by the general manager of the Houston Rockets in support of the Hong Kong protests has jeopardized a market worth billions of...
Neeta Lal
October 15, 2019
Surrogacy Bill 2019 may cripple an industry that has flourished in India since 2002. “The stringent bill under consideration bans all forms of commercial surrogacy, stating that women who agree to carry babies to delivery as surrogates must agree to do so for ‘altruistic’ reasons and must be ‘close...
Dilip Hiro
October 10, 2019
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is aggressive in his pursuit of power. His efforts to gain a global reputation as a reformer for Saudi Arabia and foster good relations with the United States under Donald Trump have done little to mask a series of misadventures that have left him isolated: Saudi...
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