Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Joan Johnson-Freese
July 10, 2019
Fifty years ago, the world paused to gaze at transmissions of a feat that had once seemed unthinkable. Neil Armstrong was the first human to step on the surface of the Moon, meeting a goal set a decade earlier by US President John F. Kennedy. The astronaut’s first words on the Moon were eloquent...
Dilip Hiro
July 9, 2019
Saudi Arabia and Iran are leading rivals in the Middle East. Religious differences help fuel the rivalry, as Saudi Arabia is primarily Sunni and Iran is Shia, yet oil interests, trade and fears about how democracy could dislodge absolute power matter, too. Alliances in the Middle East are delicate...
Ronay Bakan and Özlem Tunçel
July 4, 2019
A feminist movement is expanding globally with collective actions like #MeToo and #TimesUp, yet predictably runs into challenges in conservative authoritarian regimes. In Turkey, the women’s rights movement has roots in the 19th century, and legal reforms were achieved in the early part of this...
Susan Froetschel
July 3, 2019
The United States has tried tough border policies with the hope of deterring migration and asylum requests. But the number of unauthorized entries have spiked in 2019, more than double that of previous years, reports US Customs and Border Protection. About 600,000 men, women and children, half of...
Philip Bowring
July 2, 2019
Western terms defining regions often stick despite the existence of more relevant, indigenous language. The label “Maritime Southeast Asia,” covering the area shared by Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, fails to take into account shared Austronesian language roots or history including the...
Kashif Ahmed
June 28, 2019
American citizens have long prided themselves on presidents who project strength, providing steady leadership at home and for the globe with moral authority. President Donald Trump faces a large field of opponents: one Republican opponent, former Governor Bill Weld; 24 Democratic candidates; and...
David Dapice
June 27, 2019
A number of trends contributed to two world wars during the last century: protectionism, delusions about national capabilities, isolationist tendencies on the part of some and expansionism from others, scapegoating ethnic groups, rejection of critical thinking and demonization of the opposition....
Susan Froetschel
June 27, 2019
The first night of debate for the US 2020 presidential race featured for 10 Democratic candidates, and almost half the discussion covered topics related to foreign policy. Time constraints were tight, with total response time for each candidate ranging from about 5 to 11 minutes. Even so, for the...
Michał Romanowski
June 25, 2019
With democracies abruptly reversing positions on trade or climate change, once trusted alliances seem temporary in nature. “The multilateral world order is slowly fading into the past with new alliances forming and established ones questioned by their founders,” observes Michal Romanowski. “The...
Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro
June 20, 2019
A trend in western democracies has been to decentralize party politics, giving voters direct say in making decisions. Yet primaries, ballot initiatives, referenda and term limits weakened political parties as systems. Voters “elect anti-establishment figures who would not have been taken seriously...
Joan Johnson-Freese and Chuck Houston
June 18, 2019
Theresa May resigned as Britain’s prime minister after a turbulent three years and failure to ensure a smooth exit from the European Union. “Given that Brexit passed by narrow margins –51.89 percent leave, 48.1 percent remain – regardless of what a leader proposed, around half the British people...
Kanzuda Islam
June 13, 2019
The proportion of the world’s population that is 65 years and older has nearly doubled since 1960 and is expected to double again for the most populous countries of China, India and the United States before 2050. The world is aging due to a decline in fertility rates and improved health care, and...
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
June 11, 2019
The 21st century has ushered in less controlling social attitudes about sexual and gender identity, and wider acceptance has both reduced stigma and discrimination while revealing the prevalence of sexual attraction and gender categories that extend beyond traditional male/female relationships and...
Humphrey Hawksley
June 6, 2019
Election results in India and the European Union reconfirm sentiments expressed during the 2016 elections in the United States and the United Kingdom: Nationalism is on the rise, and the goal of a global society with shared values and efficient governance for the common good is in retreat. “The...
Mike Chinoy
June 4, 2019
Thirty years ago on 4 June, Chinese troops moved to Tiananmen Square to put an end to weeks of student protests. As a CNN correspondent, Mike Chinoy reported on an unfolding scene of gunfire, panic and casualties from a balcony of the Beijing Hotel. “Thirty years later, these scenes remain as vivid...
Kunal Bose
May 30, 2019
Narendra Modi and his supporters took firm command over issues that dominated India’s 2019 election campaign, focusing on Pakistan as major challenge. Yet severe economic problems unaddressed before the election will dog the government. “The diversionary tactics may have been successful, but Modi’s...
Jocelyn Chan
May 28, 2019
Amid many reports about the threat of vaccine hesitancy, a greater challenge lingers – millions of children missing out of potentially life-saving vaccinations because the treatments are too costly or unavailable. Jocelyn Chan, medical doctor and 2018-2019 International Fox Fellow, focuses on a...
Chandran Nair
May 23, 2019
The world has about 700 million extreme poor, reports the World Bank. Half of those living on less than $2 per day are in five nations, including 100 million in India. India concludes its weeks-long election process on May 23 and democracy fails if it cannot reduce extreme poverty, suggests author...
Constantine Samaras, Morgan D. Bazilian and William J. Nuttall
May 21, 2019
Economic and national security require reliable sources of energy, and militaries lead with innovations that quickly find civilian purposes. Energy plays a role in all facets of war, and innovations boost security, explain Constantine Samaras, Morgan D. Bazilian and William J. Nuttall. Britain had...
Frank Ching
May 16, 2019
Developing nations struggle to balance aid, trade and politics with Asia’s largest economy. During Mahathir Mohamad’s first term as Malaysia’s prime minister, from 1981 to 2003, China was an emerging economy. Chinese investment has since become a major campaign issue for democracies like Malaysia....
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