Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Michał Romanowski
October 12, 2017
Voters in Kyrgyzstan head to the polls to elect a new president on October 15, a historical event for Central Asia as the first peaceful transfer of power since 1991 when the Soviet Union dissolved and the five nations gained independence. ”Yet, this is not a story about democracy on the rise,”...
Richard Weitz
October 10, 2017
Virtually all nations agree that using a nuclear weapon would fail to provide security and ensure pariah status. That said, divisions run deep over how to achieve nuclear non-proliferation. Speeches before the UN General Assembly reveal “a wide gap among Russian, Chinese and US assessments of the...
François Godement
October 5, 2017
Over the past decade, France as Europe’s third largest economy has not pursued an ambitious agenda as a member of the European Union. Likewise, resistance to political reforms has led to tepid economic growth hovering around 1 percent with only a few countries faring worse. President Emmanuel...
Shim Jae Hoon
October 3, 2017
Dulled by more than six decades of outlandish propaganda and threats, South Koreans may have grown overly complacent about North Korean provocations, warns journalist Shim Jae Hoon. “Seoul is left shaken and apprehensive about the progress achieved by Kim Jong Un and his intercontinental missile...
Bruce Ackerman
September 28, 2017
Poland resisted an authoritarian communist government during the 1980s with the Solidarity movement. In 2015, the far-right Law and Justice Party won control of the lower house of parliament, and promises for a crackdown on corruption have given way to targeting public broadcasting and the...
Bertil Lintner
September 26, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar where they lack citizenship rights, and they head for Bangladesh. Myanmar, a country of 55 million, is more than 85 percent Buddhist; Bangladesh, with more than 160 million people and predominantly Muslim, reports a lower...
Agnia Grigas and Seth Freeman
September 21, 2017
The United States may have declared victory in the Cold War after the Soviet Union’s fall, but Russia's President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, did not give up trying to disrupt democracies. Russia has invested in waging a propaganda war with “data hacking, denial-of-service attacks,...
Humphrey Hawksley
September 19, 2017
Disasters no longer seem like rare events with the internet and smartphones delivering instant, compelling stories for a global audience that is curious, observant and active on social media. Experiencing disaster, then being in the public eye, can be traumatic, and so Britain’s National Health...
Harsh V Pant
September 14, 2017
The abrupt hostilities that flared this summer at the tri-border region of Bhutan, China and India were settled peacefully. Harsh V Pant, professor of international relations, credits the BRICS summit meeting – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – for hastening agreement. “It would have...
Robert A. Manning
September 12, 2017
North Korea is racing to develop nuclear capability with no sign of a willingness to talk or compromise. South Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the United States oppose North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but agreement ends there. The US and allies South Korea and Japan would like to toughen...
Agnia Grigas
September 7, 2017
Houston is the fourth largest US city, and since the 1970s its economic growth has centered around the energy industry. Hurricane Harvey devastated the region, and “the storm’s aftermath and cleanup raise questions among energy importers across the globe,” explains Agnia Grigas, author and senior...
Joseph Chamie
September 5, 2017
US immigration policies contribute to growth and prosperity and maintain population levels as the nation’s fertility rates decline. “During the country’s first century, Congress did not enact limits on immigration and migrants arrived from Europe, Africa and Asia,” explains demographer Joseph...
Marc Grossman and Tom West
August 31, 2017
Uncertainties over follow-through could jeopardize the strategy outlined by US President Donald Trump for Afghanistan. The strategy as outlined answers many questions, but more challenges and questions are sure to emerge, explain Marc Grossman and Tom West. Grossman is a former US Special...
Susan Froetschel
August 29, 2017
Two deadly storms, Typhoon Hato in southern China and Hurricane Harvey in Texas, struck the world’s largest economies in the span of one week, leaving billions of dollars of damage and displacing thousands. Such storms destroy beaches, the natural buffers for coastal communities against surging...
Tuong Vu
August 24, 2017
Neighbors China and Vietnam share a long, complicated history. China is the dominant partner and most recently pressured Vietnam to cancel an oil-drilling contract in the South China Sea with the Spanish oil firm Repsol. Soon afterward, Vietnam’s defense minister met with his counterpart in...
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
August 22, 2017
Values are a uniting force around the globe, slowly replacing an era of industry and economics, and soft power is more enticing than hard power for a global audience. National leaders may try to set new conditions for universal standards of justice, known as the moral high ground, but they can...
Chris Miller
August 17, 2017
The International Monetary Fund has warned China that debt-fueled growth is not sustainable. Chinese leaders continue to delay financial reforms for containing corporate debt that has accumulated at a rate with few precedents in recent history, according to Chris Miller, associate director of the...
François Godement
August 15, 2017
For more than 70 years the world has refrained from the horrors associated with nuclear attack. The threat no longer seems remote as North Korea conducts tests and names possible targets, and the US president dismisses “strategic patience,” promising a fiery response in return. A nuclear strike...
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
August 10, 2017
India is poised to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2024. Poverty is linked to fertility rates, and individual and government attention to population trends contributes to sustainable development. Both China and India have reduced fertility rates and poverty since 1950, when...
Louis René Beres
August 8, 2017
Critics accuse the Trump administration of making ill-advised or contradictory decisions about crises in the Middle East involving countries from Qatar to Israel as well as non-state actors such as the Islamic State. Louis René Beres, professor of international law, argues that such difficulties...
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