Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring

Beyond Stability: New Directions for Sino-Japanese Relations
THE FUTURE OF THE SINO-JAPANESE relationship will have broad implications for regional and global security. In the past, Japan's policy toward China has been aimed at building up politically stable relations and expanding economic ties. While these...
Cities in Crisis: The Internationalization of Urban Problems
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY has earned many designations, among them the "Century of Total Warfare," the "American Century," and, of course, the "Atomic Age." The most fitting title of all, however, may be the "Century of the City," named for the revolution...
Coming of Age: The Emergence of the Yen Bloc
DRAMATIC MONETARY FLUCTUAtions have, in recent years, markedly reduced international confidence in the dollar, especially in the Asia-Pacific region where the dollar has served for years as a foundation for local currencies and international trade....
Giant Awakes: The Chinese Challenge to East Asia
THE RISE OF CHINA UNDENIABLY poses a problem for East Asian security. Those who suggest that there is not a problem are either strategically myopic or have prematurely capitulated to the notion of a Sinified East Asia. The real question is how to define...
Global Partners: Narrowing the Focus of US Foreign Policy
AT HIS CONFIRMATION HEARINGS IN 1993, US Secretary of State Warren Christopher made a resolute pledge: "I want to assure the American people that we will not turn their blood and treasure into an open account for use by the rest of the world." His...
Going for Broke: Bankruptcies of Multinational Corporations
RECENT MOVEMENTS TOWARD bankruptcy law reform in the United States, Germany, France, and many other countries were intensified by the poor economic conditions of the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the 1987 crash of numerous stock markets around...
Killings in Kashmir: The Prospects for India's Rebellion
ON MAY 11, 1995, THE BITTER CONflict raging throughout the Kashmir Valley claimed new victims. The shrine of Sheik Nooruddin Wali and the town surrounding it, Charar-i-Sharief, were burned to the ground. The five hundre-year-old shrine of Kashmir's...
More Than Words: Fulfilling Global Environmental Agreements
IN RECENT YEARS, environmentalists have popularized the catch phrase "think globally, act locally" in order to encourage local action addressing global environmental problems. Starting from the premise that small-scale efforts collectively make a significant...
No Way Out: North Korea's Impending Collapse
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A HUNDRED YEARS, all the major powers in Northeast Asia, including the United States, are at peace with one another. With the end of the Cold War, the century of turmoil that began with a war between China and Japan in 1895 seems...
Pacific Insecurity: Emerging Threats to Stability in East Asia
EAST ASIA IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S primary arenas of international competition and collaboration in the post-Cold War era. Over the past century and a half, the region has experienced recurrent great power rivalries, military intervention, colonialism,...
Paper Tiger: A Skeptical Appraisal of China's Military Might
OF ALL OF THE UNCERTAINTIES of the Asian security environment, none is more compelling than that surrounding the future role and status of the People's Republic of China (PRC). To some observers, the combination of rapid economic growth and military...
Passing Milestones: Political and Economic Renewal in Haiti
IN OCTOBER 1994, democracy returned to Haiti and our nation moved from death to life. As the guns were silenced and the rule of law restored, Haitians poured into the streets to celebrate freedom and their renewed opportunity to participate in the...
Reinventing East Asia: Multilateral Cooperation and Regional Order
THE CHANCES OF DIRECT MILITARY CONFLICT between the major powers in East Asia are lower now than at any time this century, largely because economic forces have created positive incentives for cooperative international behavior. China in particular...
Reluctant Guardian: The United States in East Asia
SINCE THE END OF THE COLD WAR, only the Asia Pacific region has seemed at peace and relatively free of change. The collapse of multiethnic states and empires has rocked Europe, Eurasia, and Africa. Anarchy and ethnic or religious strife have broken...
Seeds of Change: The Implications of Biotechnology Patents
EECONOMIC GROWTH IS STRONGLY influenced by new inventions, and invention is encouraged by patent laws. The ablishment of intellectual property rights is therefore a crucial issue throughout much of the world. In the case of new, technologically advanced...
Spreading the Word: The Prevention of Emerging Pandemics
ON DECEMBER 14, 1994, A US GOVernment interagency working group was established under the jurisdiction of the Committee of International Science, Engineering, and Technology Policy (CISET), under the auspices of of President Clinton's National Science...
Uncertain Future: Revitalizing the US-Japan Alliance
AT THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Asia is entering a new era. The sudden, unexpected end of the Cold War, the rise of Japan as a regional and global economic superpower, the long delayed emergence of China into the global system, and the economic...
Unique Perspective: Economic Trends in Today's World: An Interview with John Kenneth Galbraith
FEW ECONOMISTS HAVE enjoyed as long or as distinguished a career as John Kenneth Galbraith, professor of economics at Harvard since 1948. An early Keynesian, Dr. Galbraith entered the public arena as the chief price controller for Franklin D. Roosevelt...
Warring States: Theoretical Models of Asia Pacific Security
IN THE EARLY DECADES OF THE TWENTY-FIRST century, relations among the nations of East Asia may be characterized by high and rising levels of economic interdependence, expanding cooperation in a lengthening list of international institutions, growing...
Wealth and Power: The Economic Transformation of Security
THE NATIONS OF EAST ASIA are engaged in an arms buildup on a scale unseen elsewhere in the world, despite the lack of armed conflict in the region or immediate threats to peace. While there has not yet been a full-fledged regional arms race, an international...