Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro
June 20, 2019
A trend in western democracies has been to decentralize party politics, giving voters direct say in making decisions. Yet primaries, ballot initiatives, referenda and term limits weakened political parties as systems. Voters “elect anti-establishment figures who would not have been taken seriously...
Joan Johnson-Freese and Chuck Houston
June 18, 2019
Theresa May resigned as Britain’s prime minister after a turbulent three years and failure to ensure a smooth exit from the European Union. “Given that Brexit passed by narrow margins –51.89 percent leave, 48.1 percent remain – regardless of what a leader proposed, around half the British people...
Kanzuda Islam
June 13, 2019
The proportion of the world’s population that is 65 years and older has nearly doubled since 1960 and is expected to double again for the most populous countries of China, India and the United States before 2050. The world is aging due to a decline in fertility rates and improved health care, and...
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
June 11, 2019
The 21st century has ushered in less controlling social attitudes about sexual and gender identity, and wider acceptance has both reduced stigma and discrimination while revealing the prevalence of sexual attraction and gender categories that extend beyond traditional male/female relationships and...
Humphrey Hawksley
June 6, 2019
Election results in India and the European Union reconfirm sentiments expressed during the 2016 elections in the United States and the United Kingdom: Nationalism is on the rise, and the goal of a global society with shared values and efficient governance for the common good is in retreat. “The...
Mike Chinoy
June 4, 2019
Thirty years ago on 4 June, Chinese troops moved to Tiananmen Square to put an end to weeks of student protests. As a CNN correspondent, Mike Chinoy reported on an unfolding scene of gunfire, panic and casualties from a balcony of the Beijing Hotel. “Thirty years later, these scenes remain as vivid...
Kunal Bose
May 30, 2019
Narendra Modi and his supporters took firm command over issues that dominated India’s 2019 election campaign, focusing on Pakistan as major challenge. Yet severe economic problems unaddressed before the election will dog the government. “The diversionary tactics may have been successful, but Modi’s...
Jocelyn Chan
May 28, 2019
Amid many reports about the threat of vaccine hesitancy, a greater challenge lingers – millions of children missing out of potentially life-saving vaccinations because the treatments are too costly or unavailable. Jocelyn Chan, medical doctor and 2018-2019 International Fox Fellow, focuses on a...
Chandran Nair
May 23, 2019
The world has about 700 million extreme poor, reports the World Bank. Half of those living on less than $2 per day are in five nations, including 100 million in India. India concludes its weeks-long election process on May 23 and democracy fails if it cannot reduce extreme poverty, suggests author...
Constantine Samaras, Morgan D. Bazilian and William J. Nuttall
May 21, 2019
Economic and national security require reliable sources of energy, and militaries lead with innovations that quickly find civilian purposes. Energy plays a role in all facets of war, and innovations boost security, explain Constantine Samaras, Morgan D. Bazilian and William J. Nuttall. Britain had...
Frank Ching
May 16, 2019
Developing nations struggle to balance aid, trade and politics with Asia’s largest economy. During Mahathir Mohamad’s first term as Malaysia’s prime minister, from 1981 to 2003, China was an emerging economy. Chinese investment has since become a major campaign issue for democracies like Malaysia....
Xueying Zhang
May 14, 2019
Networks of trade contribute to peaceful relations among nations, but Europe, China and the United States are finding themselves in a challenging love triangle. Increasing US antagonism on trade may move other economies closer together, explains Xueying Zhang, a 2018-2019 Fox Fellow at Yale...
Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro
May 10, 2019
Leaders of democracies aim to serve their citizens and improve lives through representative government. The United States and other countries try to reduce discontent by giving citizens more direct say through ballot initiatives, proportional representation and other means. In turn, these trends...
Harsh V Pant and Pushan Das
May 9, 2019
Spending priorities and alleged corruption in India's defense industry have become campaign issues in the midst of parliamentary elections, set to conclude 23 May. “The French Dassault Rafale has a troubled procurement history, and the controversy has influenced the political environment in...
Adam Schwarz
May 7, 2019
Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, handily won a second term as president of Indonesia after an election marked by highly nationalistic rhetoric. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation and Southeast Asia’s largest economy, but maintaining and boosting economic growth will depend on...
Ruth Lawlor
May 2, 2019
The May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe has long been celebrated as a triumph of democracy over fascism. The truth is more complicated, argues researcher Ruth Lawlor. As Germany fought for white supremacy, killing millions of Jews, other European nations conscripted African and...
Bennett Ramberg
April 30, 2019
North Korea has not responded to classic inducements for nuclear elimination, namely sanctions relief and political normalization, explains security analyst Bennett Ramberg. However, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un did agree on one issue during their first summit in June 2018: commitment on security...
Dilip Hiro
April 25, 2019
Russia develops influence throughout the Middle East by juggling relations among countries that have an interest in Syria and its dubious policies. "Putin has managed to maintain cordial relations with arch-enemies Iran and Israel simultaneously by depending on different sets of pillars,”...
Riaz Hassan
April 23, 2019
The world would have had about 100 million more women – including many South Koreans, Indians and Chinese – without a gender bias in mortality rates in the developing world, economist Amartya Sen has posited. India and other countries have made strides in balancing sex ratios at birth. Still, in...
Fabio de Sa e Silva
April 18, 2019
Principles of law develop over time, reflecting a nation's history and values. The Cold War of the 1960s left lasting influence on legal systems. The United States provided development assistance to aid transition of developing nations, “from commodities-based, rural, autocratic societies to...