Recent YaleGlobal Articles

Amina El Abed
May 31, 2018
The unprecedented mass protests throughout the Middle East during 2011's Arab Spring had limited effect on most regimes. Only Tunisia successfully ended authoritarian rule, but democracy remains a work in progress. Parties, aligned with powerful neighbors, have failed to provide ideological...
Louis René Beres
May 29, 2018
As US President Donald Trump tries to reschedule the summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un after having cancelled it, he must set realistic goals. The two sides kept talking, with Trump writing: “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great...
Dilip Hiro
May 24, 2018
US President Donald Trump has turned on European allies by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, undermining the foundation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Iran was in compliance with the agreement, but hardliners convinced Trump to exit the deal rather than try for revisions. Many...
Philip Bowring
May 22, 2018
Malaysians and overseas observers tentatively welcome election results that have ended 60 years of power for United Malays National Organization, a party increasingly associated with corruption and erosion of the rule of law. But worries are not far behind about “a disparate four-party coalition...
Volodymyr Dubovyk
May 17, 2018
Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and enjoyed relative peace for more than two decades until February 2014. “Vladimir Putin’s gamble of using military force in Crimea and Donbas has changed the relationship drastically,” writes Volodymyr Dubovyk, associate professor of...
Shyam Saran
May 15, 2018
The leaders of China and India, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, have nationalist tendencies with a pragmatic bend. Varying economic growth for the two rival nations and contrasting systems of governance – one increasingly authoritarian and the other democratic – have given China the upper hand as a...
Farok J. Contractor
May 10, 2018
Trade offers many benefits for economies, and the outlook for the United States is not as grim as some political leaders suggest. Still, there are challenges for the US-Chinese trade relationship, explains Farok J. Contractor, professor at Rutgers Business School. The United States does have a...
Jamsheed Choksy and Carol Choksy
May 8, 2018
President Donald Trump announced that the US is exiting from the Iranian nuclear deal and will reintroduce sanctions. Lifting sanctions was part of the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached by China, Iran, the United States, Russia, Germany, France, the United...
Harsh V Pant
May 3, 2018
Framed by Africa and Asia, the Indian Ocean is a potential source of global growth, already carrying two thirds of the world’s oil shipments and half the container traffic. China and India increasingly compete in the region, country by country, though local politics and resentments over tourism,...
Shim Jae Hoon
May 1, 2018
A summit between leaders of North and South Korea emphasized formality and symbolism around unity and peace more than content. President Moon Jae-in focuses on cultivating inter-Korean relations and peace for the Peninsula as he readies two political novices for the complex policy specifics of...
Michał Romanowski
April 26, 2018
Resisting uncertainty, Russian voters re-elected Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president. He will take the oath of office on May 7, but challenges could be in store for the regime as the president mulls a potential successor. “Over the past two decades, Russia has been transformed into a...
Riaz Hassan
April 24, 2018
The United Arab Emirates ranks among the 10 wealthiest nations in the world, but the wealth is not spread equally among the population of 9 million, 90 percent of which are migrant workers. The country prospered by relying on low-paid migrant workers, many from South Asia who work on short-term...
Atman Trivedi
April 19, 2018
The United States led many Asian allies in working for the region’s rules-based order since World War II. Donald Trump’s “America First” policies and a brush-off for the US State Department fortified the commitment of US allies. The United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in early...
Ehsan Ahrari
April 17, 2018
The United States has been reticent about over-involvement in Middle East conflicts in recent years, notwithstanding the April 14 airstrikes on Syria in response to a chemical attack. Russia filled the vacuum in Syria with support from Iran and Turkey, explains author and military strategist Ehsan...
Joseph Chamie
April 12, 2018
Surveys find solid disapproval of adultery in every country, yet technology and social media, modern lifestyles and flexible gender roles, films and news reports about the affairs of politicians and celebrities make the activity more visible worldwide. “Historically, most cultures consider the...
Raluca Besliu
April 10, 2018
Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been intent on nurturing diplomatic ties with sub-Saharan African nations. He was the first Israeli prime minister in three decades to travel to Africa and also attended the Kenyan president’s inauguration and a summit of West African states. About...
Stephen Roach
April 5, 2018
China aspires to great power status by 2050, and the ongoing transition requires “a full complement of internal adjustments aimed at the structural rebalancing of the Chinese economy – from manufacturing to services, from exports to household consumption, from surplus saving to saving absorption,...
Marc Grossman
April 3, 2018
US attention on the Indo-Pacific region may be intensifying, as signaled by two 2017 events: In October, the first shipment of US crude oil arrived in India’s Paradip Port, the first in more than four decades and in November, the United States, India, Japan and Australia held their first...
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...
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