Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Ge Chen
December 19, 2017
The rule of law is a fundamental prerequisite of globalization that contributes to a stable environment for trade and investment, argues Ge Chen, an expert on China’s judicial system and legal policies at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. Chen writes about the fervent anti-...
Jolyon Howorth
December 14, 2017
The United Kingdom and the European Union reached initial agreement on three major Brexit issues, but as the British prime minister once said, “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.” The agreement covers rights for UK or EU citizens living in either place, a €55 billion financial settlement...
Bruce Stokes
December 12, 2017
Global challenges – including North Korea’s nuclear ambitions or climate change – require global leadership and partners. US citizens express less confidence in their government to lead global partnerships, with near 70 percent suggesting that the country is less respected by others, according to...
Dilip Hiro
December 7, 2017
US power is waning in the Middle East as an emerging alliance among Russia, Iran, Turkey and Qatar gathers strength. “Most alarming for America,” according to author and historian Dilip Hiro, “Turkey is NATO’s easternmost member with the second largest military in the defense partnership” and “...
Rakesh Sood
December 5, 2017
The increasingly fierce rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia ensures greater conflict for the Middle East. Countries are left with little option but to choose sides on this rivalry that is treacherous for the region, explains Rakesh Sood, India’s former ambassador to multiple nations and a...
Susan Froetschel
December 5, 2017
Protests erupted throughout the Muslim world in response to Donald Trump’s announcement on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. “Over the course of a seven-decade alliance with the United States, Saudi Arabia has consistently emphasized one foreign-policy goal – resolution of the...
Michał Romanowski
November 30, 2017
China’s Belt and Road Initiative winds its way into Europe including cooperation and projects with 16 Central and Eastern Europe nations. The sixth annual meeting of 16+1 heads of state convened in Hungary to plan investments in technology, finance, agriculture, health, education and more, Michal...
Bruce Riedel
November 28, 2017
Saudi Arabia as absolute monarchy and the United States as democratic republic are polar opposites in terms of political governance and culture. Yet the two nations have had close ties since 1943 when pragmatic leaders focused on shared security concerns. More than seven decades later, the...
Louis René Beres
November 23, 2017
A culture steeped in violence and an excessive supply of guns presents a lethal mixture for the United States. Louis René Beres, professor emeritus of international law at Purdue University, asks Americans to confront a culture in decline, one that makes human breakdowns more violent and...
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
November 16, 2017
Businesses and families expect national education systems to train students for future jobs. “In truth, we know embarrassingly little about tomorrow’s jobs,” explains Joergen Oerstroem Moeller, author, economist and a visiting senior fellow with ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. “Education...
Nayan Chanda
November 16, 2017
Donald Trump’s dogged pursuit of “America First” policies are essentially ceding global influence and control to Xi Jinping of China. Nayan Chanda, the founding editor of YaleGlobal Online, analyzes the symbolism behind Trump’s speech delivered in Da Nang on November 10, the eve of Veterans Day in...
Dilip Hiro
November 14, 2017
In 2013, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, at 28, was a lawyer and his career soared after his father became king of Saudi Arabia in 2015. In swift order, he became the country’s defense minister, head of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, chairman of the Public Investment Fund, deputy...
David Dapice
November 9, 2017
The US president won by promising to give voice to voters who felt forgotten by government elites and threatened by global competition. “The reality so far is the opposite of what was promised, yet the base is largely still with him,” explains economist David Dapice. In office less than a year, the...
Harsh V Pant
November 7, 2017
The juxtaposition of speeches and leadership show a stark contrast. Under Xi Jinping, China is strategic in expanding its influence, while the United States and the Donald Trump administration seem to be floundering, lurching about with policies. “Since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, Xi has...
Humphrey Hawksley
November 2, 2017
Separatist tendencies rumble around the globe as citizens take issue with governments over taxes, religious beliefs and cultural norms, recognition of minority rights or mismanagement. The West cheered such movements during the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union. But the United States and the...
Börje Ljunggren
October 31, 2017
China’s 19th National Party Congress has placed President Xi Jinping on a pedestal equal to that of Mao Zedong, founder of communist China. Xi promises to lead the modern socialist nation that is “prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious” and offer a new model and choice of...
Paul Axelrod
October 26, 2017
Institutions of higher education have long contributed to social and economic progress, analyzing values and fueling innovation, with many courses and degrees. Modern political leaders are impatient for economic growth and express concern about shortages of STEM graduates. “The perception that...
Farok J. Contractor
October 24, 2017
India – with a young, talented and entrepreneurial workforce and an economy that relies on low wages – could provide formidable competition to China as factory to the world. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promoted a “Make in India” campaign and likewise expects consumers to buy in India,...
Will Hickey
October 19, 2017
As the globe’s population swells – from about 2 billion people a century ago to more than 7 billion today – migration numbers are on the rise, too, from 173 million in 2000 to about 250 million today. “International law and definitions have not kept pace,” argues Will Hickey, author and associate...
Louis René Beres
October 17, 2017
Donald Trump won the US presidency with less than a majority vote and governs with a level of support that struggles to reach 40 percent. The administration’s ineffective policies reflect a larger society that thrives on “an unrelenting barrage of crude and voyeuristic entertainments, most of which...
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