Recent YaleGlobal Articles

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...
David J.X. Gonzalez
February 13, 2018
Mercury is among the top 10 chemical hazards listed by the World Health Organization. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a treaty adopted in 2013 and opened for signatures, aims to reduce global mercury pollution and protect global health. “The convention prohibits the opening of new mercury mines...
David Dapice
February 8, 2018
The world economy steadily climbed to new heights, recovering after the 2007-2008 debt crisis, and central banks are stepping back programs that pumped liquidity into the markets. A dramatic decline in the US stock market may be a routine correction or signal new volatility for the world's...
Shim Jae Hoon
February 6, 2018
War on the Korean Peninsula would be catastrophic. North Korea has nuclear capability while South Korea depends on an alliance with the United States, the world’s largest military. Even hardliners on North Korea like former US national security official Victor Cha – no longer under consideration...
Debalina Ghoshal
February 1, 2018
India tested its first nuclear device in 1974 and then in 1998 conducted three nuclear tests, defying an international ban and prompting condemnation. India’s experiences over the next two decades demonstrate the futility of restrictions against a very determined nation, explains independent...
Dilip Hiro
January 30, 2018
Diplomatic talks among Syrian parties sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey are underway in Sochi. Turkey’s leadership promoted the notion during the 2011 Arab Spring protests that the country could be a democratic model for other Muslim nations. But the country of 80 million people lacks natural...
Joseph Chamie
January 25, 2018
Women have made great strides in education, employment, politics and equality in general worldwide, but participation in the labor force remains stubbornly below those of men. “By and large, a substantial proportion of mothers withdraw from employment after childbirth,” explains demography expert...
Ehsan M. Ahrari
January 23, 2018
After many promises about military prowess and secret plans, the Trump administration is desperate for victory in Afghanistan. US presidents have struggled to understand that, for the Taliban, a fundamentalist political and military group, victory is the ability to outwait a foreign invader,...
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