Recent YaleGlobal Articles

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...
Vincent Ni
December 11, 2018
Henry Kissinger secretly visited China in 1971 to restore US ties, and the Chinese have respected him since. With a trade war underway and US concerns about intellectual property theft, the relationship has soured and transformed: from co-evolution, described by Kissinger as pursuit of domestic...
Raluca Besliu
December 6, 2018
More than half of Africa’s 1.2 billion people is under the age of 21, and governments confront challenges in educating and hiring so many young adults. But some young people are impatient, devising inventions to solve basic problems and starting their own businesses, explains journalist Raluca...
Ge Chen
December 4, 2018
The US-China trade clash centers on intellectual property theft. “An underlying factor is the Chinese government’s rigorous censorship of imported cultural products,” explains Ge Chen, professor of law. The US Constitution protects speech as a check against excessive government power with the First...
Tom Fawthrop
November 29, 2018
Vietnam has a long and troubled history with China. After the chill caused by the 1979 Chinese invasion of Vietnam and subsequent tussles over the South China Sea, the two nations normalized relations in 1991 for cross-border trade and diplomacy. Still, the Vietnamese people are not so quick to...
Claudia Ribeiro P. Nunes and Pedro D. Peralta
November 27, 2018
Brazil’s Jair Messias Bolsonaro takes the presidential oath of office on January 1. “Bolsonaro follows a series of public corruption scandals that led to political chaos,” explain Claudia Ribeiro P. Nunes and Pedro D. Peralta for YaleGlobal Online. Nunes is a visiting scholar with the Council on...
Richard H. Hersh and Richard Keeling
November 22, 2018
Reading, thinking and writing allow individuals to magnify their influence, noted 20th century writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley. Society expects education to open opportunities for students to improve themselves and their societies, and yet there is a crisis in American undergraduate higher...
Morgan D. Bazilian, Liliana Benitez, Glada Lahn, David Mozersky and Sherwin Das
November 20, 2018
Conflict and disasters have increased human displacement to record levels worldwide, requiring efficient distribution of humanitarian aid. Focusing on renewables for provision of energy services could promote sustainability, explains a team of writers representing the Payne Institute at the...
Joseph Chamie
November 15, 2018
The world has inequalities of many kinds, and retirement is no exception. Government-sponsored pensionable retirement programs are popular worldwide, regarded as essential in the wealthiest economies. “Retirement programs are similar in purpose, yet differ considerably in scope, coverage,...
Robert A. Manning
November 13, 2018
The world monitors the Trump presidency like it's a slow-motion train wreck and hope for any measure that might control the chaos. The US midterm elections gave Democrats, as opposition party, control of the House of Representatives and strengthened Republican control of the Senate. A split...
Susan Froetschel
November 8, 2018
The US midterm elections produced a divided Congress and reflect a polarized electorate. Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, and Republicans strengthened their control of the Senate. US foreign policy under President Donald Trump will not change dramatically as the US government...
Michał Romanowski
November 6, 2018
The International Monetary Fund points out that Europe, Latin America and Asia had started a gradual shift from reliance on the US dollar in 2000 that was disrupted by economic crises. The process of seeking alternatives begins anew as advanced and emerging economies alike are disturbed by America...
Louis René Beres
November 1, 2018
On October 20, Donald Trump told reporters of his intention for the United States to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because “Russia has violated the agreement.” Article VI of the US Constitution specifically includes treaties in describing the supreme law of the land,...
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
October 30, 2018
The United States was undisputed leader of economic globalization until the 2008 global financial crisis. The country’s moral and economic leadership has since gone into decline. The US share of global gross domestic product has dropped for more than 20 years, from 32 percent to 22 percent. This...
Philip Bowring
October 25, 2018
Hong Kong’s reputation as an international financial powerhouse thrived under democratic principles of free speech, free assembly and free trade. But Beijing leaders would prefer speedier integration with China and what they regard as more patriotism. “Tension between these perceptions has long...
Harsh V Pant
October 23, 2018
Relations between the United States and India have gradually improved, but the world’s largest democracy has an independent streak as seen in two recent cases: First, India signed a multibillion deal to purchase a Russian air-defense missile system thereby risking sanctions approved by the US...
Kenneth Gillingham
October 18, 2018
Economic models allow societies to analyze complex problems and make sensible decisions. Yale University Professor William Nordhaus has been named winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on models that integrate climate change into long-term economic analysis. Paul Romer of New...
Bruce Riedel
October 16, 2018
After a shakeup in Saudi Arabia’s royal succession plan, the country presented its new crown prince as a reformer. Much of the world went along with the characterization until journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and was not seen again. Turkey accuses the...
Riaz Hassan
October 11, 2018
Pakistan’s civilian government has little control over the country’s powerful army which stands out as a most trusted institution, with more than 80 percent public approval, compared to 36 percent approval for government. Weak institutions that fail to address Pakistan’s challenges have allowed...
Peri-Khan Aqrawi-Whitcomb, Morgan D. Bazilian and Cyril Widdershoven
October 9, 2018
Prices are climbing for oil, the most traded commodity on global markets and the world’s leading energy source. Much production is in volatile regions, and it comes as little surprise that production and trade in crude oil and refined petroleum products have produced a flourishing illicit market...