Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Joseph Chamie
June 4, 2020
A new coronavirus emerged in 2019, attacking populations in multiple ways. One mystery is the high Covid-19 mortality rates among some of the world’s wealthiest nations. Five nations account about for two-thirds of global deaths, and the United States, with 4 percent of the world’s population...
Nguyen Quang Dy
June 2, 2020
China’s aggression in the South China Sea poses an economic and security threat for nations with exclusive economic zones in that region along with their many trade partners. “To confront the danger, Vietnam openly begins cooperation with the Quad, ostensibly to manage the Covid-19 threat,”...
Austin Bodetti
May 28, 2020
Saudi Arabia’ confronts multiple challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic, a decline in oil prices and flailing intervention in the Yemeni Civil War. The civil war began in 2014, and Saudi Arabia organized a coalition to intervene the next year, soon after Mohammed bin Salman became defense...
Eric Ekobor-Ackah Mochiah
May 26, 2020
With the rapid spread of Covid-19, analysts feared the worst for Africa on both health and economic fronts. Africa can be resilient, maintains Eric Ekobor-Ackah Mochiah, 2019-20 Fox International Fellow at Yale University and a doctoral candidate at the Economics Department of University of Ghana....
Denise Patry Leidy
May 21, 2020
Archeological discoveries and scientific analysis of materials continue to provide new insights on the transformation of the Chinese ceramic industry, in particular the development of porcelain during the Tang Dynasty, from 618 to 907. “During this period, China was the epicenter of Eurasian trade...
Todd Wang
May 19, 2020
The Chinese Communist Party relies on tone-setting exercises, designed to build appreciation for the authoritarian system and cast doubt on democratic systems. The country’s leaders seek international praise for their handling of the pandemic and reject criticism for delayed reporting and...
Richard Weitz
May 14, 2020
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the US presidential election, world leaders must also focus on arms control and nuclear non-proliferation and prepare for expiration of the New Start Treaty in February 2021, less than a year away. Russia and the United States remain divided. “The priority should...
Susan Froetschel and Douglas P. Olsen
May 13, 2020
Individuals and communities have some control over the spread of Covid-19. “As many communities in Europe, Asia and the Americas take steps to restart economies, public health departments rely on contact tracing to identify and isolate cases and prevent new waves of infections,” reports YaleGlobal...
Taehwa Hong
May 12, 2020
Chinese-US tensions are escalating as a global battle emerges over controlling the narrative on responsibility for the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus emerged in Wuhan in November 2019, but Chinese officials delayed reports and punished doctors who raised alarm. As the virus spread, China distributed...
Stephen Roach
May 7, 2020
Political leaders, frustrated by collapsing economies due to the Covid-19 pandemic, consider providing assistance for domestic companies to pull operations out of China. “The goal is threefold: Punish China for the coronavirus, eliminate a source of vulnerability in production lines of critical...
Amitav Acharya
May 5, 2020
Governments that endured the SARS pandemic in 2003 were generally more prepared for Covid-19. Such pandemics emerge with little warning, challenging a global multilateral system largely structured around collective security and trade. Both diseases – linked with globalization, a complex phenomenon...
Valerie Hansen
April 30, 2020
Explorers slowly extended regional trade routes throughout ancient history, and the year 1000 marked the first time that an object could circle the world. Thus, globalization began, argues Valerie Hansen, the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University. This essay is based on her book...
Dang Nguyen
April 28, 2020
Societies are desperate to discover a cure for deadly Covid-19. In Southeast Asia, governments scramble to contain the health and economic fallout, trying a range of top-down biomedical measures, including testing and physical distancing. Some leaders and citizens also endorse unproven and non-...
Joshua Busby, Morgan D. Bazilian and Dustin Mulvaney
April 23, 2020
New challenges and innovations put economies in constant transition, but Covid-19 has applied an abrupt halt to economic activity for most of the world. Huge shifts were already underway in global energy markets with the rise of shale gas and renewables before the pandemic. Societies must prepare...
Hans Yue Zhu
April 21, 2020
Protectionists assign blame for the COVID-19 pandemic on the trade, travel and migration associated with globalization. This overlooks how globalization has delivered prosperity and benefits. Still, an interconnected world cannot avoid shared risks, and even the most protectionist nations struggle...
Thomas Graham
April 16, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic slowed global economic activity and oil demand. In early March, the Saudis tried to convince other oil producers to cut production, OPEC members and non-members alike. After Russia refused to go along, Saudi Arabia opened production, pressuring producers worldwide. The US...
April 15, 2020
Nations that act swiftly to contain COVID-19 can expect to lift economic restrictions more quickly. “This principle will save lives and mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic,” explains the director-general of the World Health Organization. A pandemic by its very definition requires a whole-...
Kate Schecter
April 14, 2020
A magnitude 7 earthquake devastated Haiti a decade ago – and NGOs launched many programs including a network of small credit and savings groups. The community-run programs set their own low interest rates and terms with the emphasis on long-term savings rather than aid or loans. Individuals “pool...
Samah Rafiq
April 9, 2020
As COVID-19 spread around the world, more than a hundred countries responded by tightening border controls. Open borders provide numerous beneficial exchanges including research, trade, talent, labor and more, and Samah Rafiq, Fox Fellow at Yale University, argues against closed borders as a norm...
Louis René Beres
April 7, 2020
The world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, with so many economic and security ramifications, and there is longing for leaders who display courage, the quality that guarantees all others, as suggested by Winston Churchill in 1931. “Today's Trump supporters think of themselves as the ones with...
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