Harvard International Review

This journal provides commentary, news and analysis of global developments in politics, economics, public policy, science and culture.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring

After Terror
Abstract: Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia has gained international attention since it began car bombing near Israeli-occupied buildings in the early 1980s in an effort to liberate South Lebanon from the Israeli occupying forces. Over...
Between Two Worlds
Abstract: Sometime between August and December of 1991, the Second World vanished. Global society has been divided into the First or Industrialized World, the Third or developing World, and this effervescent Second World that was identified with...
Dirty Hands
Abstract: Corruption at all levels of the executive and legislative branches is a permanent fixture of Italian politics, as is voter indifference to charges against their representatives. This indifference is not without reason. Cases of corrupt...
Doctors without Borders
Abstract: The practice of medicine has historically been radically altered by the introduction of innovative technologies. By comparison, the personal relationship between doctor and patient remained, until recently, remarkably unchanged. Within...
Gender Gap
Abstract: According to a 1997 study, today's Japanese woman will give birth to an average of 1.39 children during her lifetime. This birthrate is one of the lowest in the world, an it has been in steady decline since the mid-1970s. This persistent...
In Search of Stability
Abstract: At the end of the 1990s, 2 distinct tendencies have emerged as the predominant features of contemporary Central Asia: degradation in the social and economic sphere and growing tensions among states in the region. The source of both problems...
Minority Report
Abstract: Popular stereotypes of Gypsies as sultry dancers, inscrutable fortune-tellers, and carefree wanderers have surrounded the Gypsies with a romantic mystique. In reality, Eastern European Gypsies, or Roma, have had a bleak existence characterized...
National Consolidation
Abstract: The 5 states of Central Asia, whose borders were artificially imposed long before the emergence of well-developed and mass-supported movements of national self-determination in the region, have begun to develop genuinely distinct national...
Near Extinction
Abstract: Over the past century, thousands of languages have approached extinction as their populations have increasingly adopted the more "universal" languages of Chinese, Spanish, and English. As the many unforeseen negative effects of globalization...
Nigeria's Next Chance
Abstract: Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, is at a crossroads in its long history of religious and tribal warfare. The May 1999 inauguration of Olesegun Obasabjo, Nigeria's first civilian president in several decades, along with the consideration...
Of Integration and Representation
Abstract: An interview with Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky, is presented. Sharansky has been among the most important political and social figures in Israel over the past decade. Currently the Minister of the Interior and formerly the Minister of Industry...
Paving the Silk Road
Abstract: Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Central Asia and the Caucasus have become a focus of American foreign policy, and with good reason. This region stands to play a strategic role in developing the Silk Road - the cross-continental...
Pens and Swords
Abstract: The US military's leadership is almost entirely composed of graying senior officers who were assigned their first command as junior officers on the front lines in Vietnam. Many of the brass harbor a residual sense of betrayal and paranoia...
Pipe Dreams
Abstract: Hopes for development in Central Asia have relied heavily on the enormous untapped energy wealth that rests beneath these deserts and the Caspian Sea. Although original estimates of the region's oil reserves, which ran as high as 200 billion...
Reality Check
Abstract: The Seattle Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization demonstrated with disturbing force the huge confusions that haunt the public mind and much of global politics about the nature of trade and the process now known as globalization....
Reflections on Development
Abstract: Reflections by J. Brian Atwood, former administrator of the US Agency for International Development on economic development are presented. If the US fails to plan now for the new influx in world population in the next decade by investing...
Religion's Gap
Abstract: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, the Islamic factor in Central Asian politics and society has become the object of lively, and at times lurid, speculation. The outbreak of civil war in Tajikistan in 1992 seemed...
Russia Adrift
Abstract: Ever since Christmas Day 1991, when Russia was thrust precipitately onto the international stage as a nation-state, it has been trying to fashion a national security policy for its changed status in a new era. The other 14 union-republics...
Shattered Image
Abstract: The largest country in Central Asia, Kazakhstan, has been an independent, democratic state for only 8 years. Currently, the country is in a catastrophic economic crisis. Funds are lacking for everything from baby formula for infants to...
Systemic Misery
Abstract: After a year of diplomatic gridlock, the December 17, 1999 UN Security Council arms inspection resolution on Iraq represents a step in the right direction on the part of the international community. Yet the circumstances surrounding the...
Unnatural Disasters
Abstract: On October 27, 1998, Hurricane Mitch slammed into the Caribbean coast of Central America. UN officials have classified Hitch as the worst natural disaster to hit the region this century. In Honduras alone, 14,000 lives, billions of dollars...