Recent YaleGlobal Articles

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...
Austin Bodetti
October 8, 2019
The US and a coalition of international partners launched war in Afghanistan in 2001 with fierce intensity soon after the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, DC. The war on terror was combined with a war on drugs as Afghanistan is responsible for producing about 90 percent of the world’s...
Harold Hongju Koh
October 3, 2019
Impeachment is the first step in a long constitutional process that could lead to US President Donald Trump’s removal from office. “No American president has been removed through impeachment,” explains Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law with Yale Law School. “Only two US...
Mike Chinoy
October 1, 2019
Frustration and anger run high among protesters over broken promises on "one country, two systems" for Hong Kong. Journalist Mike Chinoy compares the protest movement in Hong Kong with the three decades of unrest in Northern Ireland. Chinoy is author of a biography on Kevin Boyle, a...
Humphrey Hawksley
September 26, 2019
China confronts a dilemma on governance for Hong Kong. “One conclusion being mooted through think tanks in Beijing and Taipei is that the most pragmatic way forward is for China to be confident and counterintuitive enough to grant Hong Kong full democracy,” explains Asia specialist Humphrey...
September 25, 2019
Developing nations, most vulnerable to rising temperatures and seas while experiencing greater population growth, lead in making preparations on climate change. “China, the United States, the European Union and India, account for just over half of the world’s total GHG emissions,” notes "The...
Taehwa Hong
September 24, 2019
The United States announced it was leaving the UN Human Rights Council in 2018, expressing concern about bias toward Israel. US allies did not follow the country’s lead, and a year's absence has given authoritarian regimes more power on the world stage. “Instead of dismantling the UNHRC, US...
Will Hickey
September 19, 2019
Drones attacked Saudi Arabia’s Aramco Abqaiq oil processing facility on September 14, eliminating 50 percent of the country’s oil output. That loss represents 5 percent of the global supply, and the attacks put the country under an uncomfortable spotlight, with questions about an economy that fails...
Joan Johnson-Freese
September 17, 2019
Some challenges are pervasive, so intertwined with other problems that societies give up, considering them impossible to tackle. Gender inequality, one such global concern, is linked to domestic and international conflict, radicalization and troubled economies, explains Joan Johnson-Freese,...
Dhafer Malouche
September 12, 2019
Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring in December 2011 after police humiliated Mohamed Bouazizi, confiscating his vegetable cart, and the vendor set himself on fire. The protests and challenges to corrupt and autocratic leaders spread to Egypt, Libya and Syria, but only Tunisia has...
Samir Nazareth
September 10, 2019
Democracies are deeply polarized over worries about migration and loss of culture versus the mass appeal of bigoted leaders who pursue policies by any means necessary including intimidation, insults and lies. “Citizens in democracies repeatedly elect leaders who show scant respect for the law,...
Brandon J. Miliate
September 5, 2019
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pursued an “Act East Policy,” intended to strengthen Indo-Pacific strategic relationships, regional political stability, and economic exchanges with Myanmar and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. Stronger ties require...
Claudia Ribeiro Pereira Nunes and Pedro D. Peralta
September 3, 2019
Brazil has loosened environmental protections and stepped back on international commitments for reducing carbon emissions and deforestation. The Bolsonaro administration in Brazil expresses concern that such protections reduce the country’s sovereignty, transferring value of resources to foreign...
Shim Jae Hoon
August 29, 2019
South Korea’s Moon Jae-in has unilaterally scrapped an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan even as North Korea threatens the region with a series of missile tests. For three years, Japan and South Korea have shared intelligence through the General Security of Military Information Agreement:...
Mike Chinoy
August 27, 2019
China is unyielding in its opposition to demands for democracy in Hong Kong, labeling protesters “terrorists” and blaming foreign interests. With the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, China waited six weeks before sending in the army, notes author Mike Chinoy, CNN's first Beijing bureau chief...
Michael Kugelman
August 22, 2019
By revoking a temporary constitutional provision, India has stripped Jammu and Kashmir of statehood and special autonomous status, with an expectation of new investment and development for the Muslim-majority area under dispute. “Article 370 repeal has ratcheted up bilateral tensions in a big way...
Jeff D. Colgan and Morgan D. Bazilian
August 20, 2019
Global markets for liquefied natural gas, or LNG have set records for the fifth consecutive year. A series of detentions of oil cargo ships this summer in Hormuz by Iran and the United Kingdom have heightened energy security concerns, especially for vulnerable transport routes in the volatile...
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