Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León
February 21, 2019
Russia and the United States each hold thousands of nuclear weapons, far more than other countries have. Yet the two nations no longer lead efforts to reduce nuclear arms: The United States announced suspension of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and Russia soon followed suit....
Harold Hongju Koh
February 19, 2019
The Trump administration’s heavy-handed America First policies clash with international law. So far, the courts and other institutions withstand the onslaught to confront troubling policies – from a travel ban for nationals from Muslim-majority nations to separation of immigrant parents from...
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
February 14, 2019
China is intent on rivaling the United States as a global superpower. That status requires good trade relations as few nations have access to all resources or production capacity required for military endeavors far from home. Solid finances also help. China, predominately a continental power, takes...
Jolyon Howorth
February 12, 2019
After centuries of conflict over religion and sovereignty, Ireland and Britain agreed to an Irish Free State in 1921 with the Republic of Ireland founded in 1937. Britain and Ireland joined the European Community in 1973 though tensions did not end. “The Good Friday Agreement that ended the...
Suzanne Oakdale
February 7, 2019
Brazil, the world’s fifth largest nation in terms of territory, has more than 250 indigenous groups that make up less than 1 percent of the population, according to the country’s 2010 census. Many inhabit the Amazon River basin, the world’s largest river system with tracts of virgin rainforest....
Debabrata Chattopadhyay, Morgan D. Bazilian and Mohar Chattopadhyay
February 5, 2019
Climate change threatens all industries with storms, wildfires, droughts, heat waves and rising seas, and the energy industry has no special standing. “Together, these risks can lead to power outages, increased electricity prices and increased maintenance, and capital costs – along with damaging...
Nicola P. Contessi
January 31, 2019
China’s Belt and Road projects offer diversification opportunities for smaller countries that could alter longstanding relations. Such Belt and Road influence is evident in a trade and transit protocol finalized by China and Nepal in September 2018. Nepal, remote and landlocked, a country of 29...
Jamsheed Choksy and Carol E.B. Choksy
January 29, 2019
Donald Trump announced plans to retreat from Syria and Afghanistan in December, and if true, Iran would benefit by increasing its influence with Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan and beyond. “The America First foreign policy places short-term profit above enduring human needs and values,...
Deepak Gopinath
January 24, 2019
Fracking has contributed to US energy prominence, yet the geopolitical influence may be brief. Rising interest rates hike investment costs, reducing incentives to drill new wells. “Questions about sustainability have long dogged US shale oil’s remarkable rise, given the rapid rate at which shale...
Louis René Beres
January 22, 2019
Donald Trump completes two years as president, and one characteristic of his term has been disdain for scientific evidence, historical perspectives, educated opinions and traditional alliances. These attitudes are not Trump’s own and the presidency represents longstanding mistrust of elites,...
Joseph Chamie
January 17, 2019
Improved health care and a decline in fertility rates contribute to the elderly becoming the fastest growing age group worldwide. Demographers project numbers of elderly to more than double to 1.5 billion by 2050. “Rising costs of medical treatment and health care for the rapidly expanding pool of...
Taehwa Hong
January 15, 2019
The United States under the Trump administration has targeted China as a trade and security threat, and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un takes advantage of the rising tensions to court three presidents: Moon Jae-in of South Korea, Xi Jinping of China and Donald Trump of the United States. China, resisting...
Elkanah Babatunde
January 10, 2019
Reducing reliance on fossil fuels, developing affordable renewable energies and adapting to extreme weather and rising seas are costly challenges. The UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change adopted a rulebook with operational details for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement. Developed...
David Dapice
January 8, 2019
Investors worldwide worry about numerous shocks that could disrupt the global economy – war, cyberattacks or natural disasters. After a decade of low interest rates that fueled record levels of debt, governments recognize that economic growth is slowing. Other warning signs: Nationalism and...
John Zarobell
January 3, 2019
Art is a means of soft power for persuading and attracting global attention. “As globalization has distributed economic benefits around the world more broadly, emerging economies are stepping up to express their role as actors in the global sphere,” explains John Zarobell, associate professor and...
Ronay Bakan
December 27, 2018
About 30 million Kurds live throughout the Middle East in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. The ethnic group represents about 13 percent of Turkey’s population and at least 7 percent of Syrians, and the United States has long backed Kurds fighting extremists in Syria. Turkey and its Kurdish...
Jolyon Howorth
December 20, 2018
Brexit has stalled as new information emerges about the costs for the United Kingdom to ending membership in the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a December 11 parliamentary vote until mid-January, as members struggle to approve a draft plan that requires more negotiations to tie...
Chandran Nair
December 18, 2018
Migrants flee war, persecution, poverty and natural disasters while many others simply seek economic opportunity. The growing numbers challenge the open-door policies of host nations, fueling resentment and populism that targets migration. “And while there is a basic humanitarian obligation to...
Lena Riemer
December 13, 2018
European nations that once promoted human rights are slinking away from these obligations and forming agreements with some third parties that have terrible records on human rights. “The European Union’s migration control policy relies on fortification and deterrence, contributing to massive human...