Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Riaz Hassan
April 24, 2018
The United Arab Emirates ranks among the 10 wealthiest nations in the world, but the wealth is not spread equally among the population of 9 million with about 90 percent migrant workers. The country prospered by relying on low-paid migrant workers who work on short-term contracts, many from South...
Atman Trivedi
April 19, 2018
The United States led many Asian allies in working for the region’s rules-based order since World War II. Donald Trump’s “America First” policies and a brush-off for the US State Department fortified the commitment of US allies. The United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in early...
Ehsan Ahrari
April 17, 2018
The United States has been reticent about over-involvement in Middle East conflicts in recent years, notwithstanding the April 14 airstrikes on Syria in response to a chemical attack. Russia filled the vacuum in Syria with support from Iran and Turkey, explains author and military strategist Ehsan...
Joseph Chamie
April 12, 2018
Surveys find solid disapproval of adultery in every country, yet technology and social media, modern lifestyles and flexible gender roles, films and news reports about the affairs of politicians and celebrities make the activity more visible worldwide. “Historically, most cultures consider the...
Raluca Besliu
April 10, 2018
Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been intent on nurturing diplomatic ties with sub-Saharan African nations. He was the first Israeli prime minister in three decades to travel to Africa and also attended the Kenyan president’s inauguration and a summit of West African states. About...
Stephen Roach
April 5, 2018
China aspires to great power status by 2050, and the ongoing transition requires “a full complement of internal adjustments aimed at the structural rebalancing of the Chinese economy – from manufacturing to services, from exports to household consumption, from surplus saving to saving absorption,...
Marc Grossman
April 3, 2018
US attention on the Indo-Pacific region may be intensifying, as signaled by two 2017 events: In October, the first shipment of US crude oil arrived in India’s Paradip Port, the first in more than four decades and in November, the United States, India, Japan and Australia held their first...
Susan Froetschel
March 29, 2018
An industrial revolution is underway with big data driving efficiency and innovation. More than half of US companies report using big-data analytics compared with 17 percent just two years ago, reports Forbes. “News reports that Cambridge Analytica swept up details on millions of Facebook users –...
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
March 27, 2018
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump surprised the world after the first man suggested a meeting and the second one agreed – “only an atypical leader who revels in disruption could turn affairs upside down, making the unthinkable thinkable,” notes Joergen Oerstroem Moeller, former state-secretary with the...
Jolyon Howorth
March 22, 2018
The EU and the UK have reached agreement on a transition period for planning Brexit through December 2020. The aim is for orderly negotiations and withdrawal even as British negotiators try to cherry-pick among EU benefits while resisting EU regulations. As the old saying goes, Britain cannot have...
Thomas Graham
March 20, 2018
Vladimir Putin, ready to start another six-year term as Russia’s president, continues to perplex US leaders. "Concerns about Putin’s ambitions abroad soared after he reclaimed the Russian presidency in 2012 and used military force to reassert Russian prerogatives in Europe (Ukraine) and the...
Frank Ching
March 15, 2018
The end of term limits for China’s presidency marks the end of influence by its revolutionary founders like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. As president, Xi Jinping launched long-term projects linked to the China Dream and the nation’s revival, including the Asia Infrastructure and Investment Bank...
Shim Jae Hoon
March 13, 2018
Two leaders, one a dictator of an isolated state and the other who oversees the world's largest economy and military, have agreed to meet. While many analysts hope a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un might end nuclear threats for the region, journalist Shim Jae Hoon is cautious,...
Humphrey Hawksley
March 8, 2018
Climatologists estimate that at least one Arctic shipping route linking Asia and Europe will be reliably ice-free by about 2050. The region is said to hold 30 percent of the world’s natural gas resources and 13 percent of its oil, and there are security considerations, too. Two events in 2016...
Scott Kennedy
March 6, 2018
Donald Trump won the US presidency by promising trade battles to restore manufacturing jobs that have also been decimated by automation. After announcing plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, he maintained that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” Scott Kennedy, with the Center...
Alphan Telek and Seren Selvin Korkmaz
March 1, 2018
Progressive movements promising social, political and economic transformation are the antidote to the anger and fear associated with polarization and populism. The leaders of left-transformative movements pursue serious policymaking to reduce inequality while increasing opportunity and citizen...
Nayef Al-Rodhan
February 27, 2018
In an interconnected world, the media revolution bolsters demands for more justice – from local politics to global governance. Previous notions of “hard”, “soft” and “smart” power do not address this fundamental demand from the international system and globalization. Author Nayef Al-Rodhan of the...
Steven Borowiec
February 22, 2018
Moon Jae-in became South Korea’s president in 2017 and the wake of a corruption scandal and impeachment of his predecessor. He has made addressing inequality a priority. “He is responding to a growing despair in South Korea that ordinary people cannot get ahead, small- and medium-sized companies...
Pranab Bardhan
February 20, 2018
For many workers, insecurity is a more pressing concern than inequality. They worry more about jobs threatened by global trade and automation, their communities’ vanishing way of life, and children’s future than inequality and increasing amounts of wealth controlled by a small percentage of the...
Joseph Chamie
February 15, 2018
A century ago, a vicious strain of the influenza swiftly moved around the globe, infecting one third of the world’s population and killing as many as 100 million people. The first confirmed outbreak was at a US military camp in Kansas. The 2018 strain, much like the one striking today, infected...