Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro
May 10, 2019
Leaders of democracies aim to serve their citizens and improve lives through representative government. The United States and other countries try to reduce discontent by giving citizens more direct say through ballot initiatives, proportional representation and other means. In turn, these trends...
Harsh V Pant and Pushan Das
May 9, 2019
Spending priorities and alleged corruption in India's defense industry have become campaign issues in the midst of parliamentary elections, set to conclude 23 May. “The French Dassault Rafale has a troubled procurement history, and the controversy has influenced the political environment in...
Adam Schwarz
May 7, 2019
Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, handily won a second term as president of Indonesia after an election marked by highly nationalistic rhetoric. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation and Southeast Asia’s largest economy, but maintaining and boosting economic growth will depend on...
Ruth Lawlor
May 2, 2019
The May 8 anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe has long been celebrated as a triumph of democracy over fascism. The truth is more complicated, argues researcher Ruth Lawlor. As Germany fought for white supremacy, killing millions of Jews, other European nations conscripted African and...
Bennett Ramberg
April 30, 2019
North Korea has not responded to classic inducements for nuclear elimination, namely sanctions relief and political normalization, explains security analyst Bennett Ramberg. However, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un did agree on one issue during their first summit in June 2018: commitment on security...
Dilip Hiro
April 25, 2019
Russia develops influence throughout the Middle East by juggling relations among countries that have an interest in Syria and its dubious policies. "Putin has managed to maintain cordial relations with arch-enemies Iran and Israel simultaneously by depending on different sets of pillars,”...
Riaz Hassan
April 23, 2019
The world would have had about 100 million more women – including many South Koreans, Indians and Chinese – without a gender bias in mortality rates in the developing world, economist Amartya Sen has posited. India and other countries have made strides in balancing sex ratios at birth. Still, in...
Fabio de Sa e Silva
April 18, 2019
Principles of law develop over time, reflecting a nation's history and values. The Cold War of the 1960s left lasting influence on legal systems. The United States provided development assistance to aid transition of developing nations, “from commodities-based, rural, autocratic societies to...
Jolyon Howorth
April 16, 2019
With Brexit, the United Kingdom’s notions of global stature with its leaders calling the shots on trade or regulations are in question. “In joining the European Union, the United Kingdom was a supplicant, twice vetoed by France’s General Charles de Gaulle,” observes author Jolyon Howorth, visiting...
Louis René Beres
April 11, 2019
The US attorney general tersely summarized the Mueller report: First, members of the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russians in underhanded efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Second, while the investigators did not reach a definitive conclusion on criminal obstruction, the...
Lena Riemer
April 9, 2019
Most citizens of the United States are descendants of immigrants, yet the Trump administration turned to a zero-intolerance policy that included systematic detention and separating children from parents at the southwest border. The United States is not alone, and cruelty has become a tool for...
Ruth Lawlor
April 4, 2019
Societies are putting perpetrators of sexual misconduct on notice that such behavior is no longer tolerated. More victims file police reports and more prosecutors pursue rigorous investigations. The #MeToo movement targeting unwanted sexual behavior emerged in the United States in 2017 and spread...
Stephen Roach
April 2, 2019
Analysts expect the United States and China to reach agreement on new trade rules to end immediate economic pain. But a fast deal is not reason for celebration as the United States still has trade deficits with more than 100 nations. “The multilateral imbalance stems from a profound shortfall of US...
Susan Froetschel
April 1, 2019
Saudi Arabia and Iran, locked in a bitter rivalry, seek to influence the Middle East with little reason but their own supremacy. Author Dilip Hiro, based on his own travels and experiences as a journalist, describes a history of troubled relations and power machinations. In her review of Cold War...
Agnia Grigas
March 28, 2019
Kazakhstan’s president abruptly resigned after three decades of authoritarian rule, with the next elections scheduled in 2020. Energy-rich Kazakhstan is a former Soviet republic that continues to host key military and strategic facilities for Russia. The gross domestic product of Kazakhstan...
Xueying Zhang and Yue (Hans) Zhu
March 26, 2019
The United States and the Soviet Union, convinced that their ideologies were incompatible, engaged in a Cold War during the latter part of the 20th century. Some suggest similar hostility emerges between the United States and a fast-rising China. “Chinese leaders repeatedly stress that China...
César Braga-Pinto
March 21, 2019
Globalization may prompt some to question the need for specific and diverse language, literature and regional studies programs in higher education. As a result, scholars respond with innovative and interdisciplinary approaches, collaborating with history, politics and other disciplines. "...
Joseph Chamie
March 19, 2019
Governments have organized censuses since ancient times, and as the world’s population approaches 8 billion, governments have more people to count and analyze than ever before. Censuses help determine efficient allocation of government funds and political representation. A low median age suggests...
Börje Ljunggren
March 14, 2019
Vietnam emerged as a winner, benefiting from global media attention after a second summit between the leaders of North Korea and the United States ended in failure. “Vietnam has clawed its way toward more capitalism and a market system despite communist rule,” writes author Börje Ljunggren, former...
Madhurima Shukla
March 12, 2019
Health care systems introduced the measles vaccine in the early 1960s, preventing countless deaths. Still, the contagious disease causes about 100,000 deaths each year. Pockets of resistance against vaccines emerge in wealthy and poor nations alike, with serious outbreaks of measles and other...
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