Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, Winter

A Costly Diagnosis: The Psychological Burden of Palestine
Land disputes can hardly be called a novelty in the region between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, where Israel and Palestine have both made religious and cultural claims. While the Gaza Strip and West Bank areas have long witnessed the political...
A Mixed Legacy: From the Raj to Modern India
India's recent economic growth and strategic partnership with the United States have completed the transformation of that previously impoverished colony of the United Kingdom into South Asia's superpower. In its 63 years of independence, India has...
Amnesty International Presents ... Looking to the Sky: Monitoring Human Rights through Remote Sensing
The effectiveness of human rights monitors in the context of complex emergencies is limited by two recurrent challenges. First, observers often struggle to gain access to active conflict zones. Second, the evidence collected is typically dominated...
A New Future for Kenya? Reforming a Culture of Corruption
Following President Mwai Kibaki's reelection in late December 2007, amid allegations of widespread electoral fraud by both sides, Kenya erupted in a wave of political and civil violence. Protests by supporters of opposition candidate Raila Odinga combined...
A Rough Road: Southern Sudan's Independence
Africa has welcomed a new nation. As a result of the January 9th referendum, Southern Sudan will remove 640,000 square kilometers of land, nine million people, and a plethora of natural resources, including oil, from the control of Sudan's central...
A Solution Is Sanctions: Curbing Nuclear Proliferation in North Korea
There is no doubt that UN sanctions are among the most powerful tools that the international community can resort to in its quest to maintain international peace and security. Under Article 39 of the UN Charter, the Security Council is empowered to...
Chile's Graduation
Resilience to the global crisis, improving debt profiles and declining macroeconomic risks, capital inflows and strengthening currencies, low inflation and countercyclical monetary and fiscal policies. Does all that mean that emerging Latin American...
Coca Controversy: Bolivia and the War on Drugs
The coca plant, or Erythroxylum coca--the source of cocaine--has long been a controversial crop. Over the past two decades, the United States has pushed for rigorous coca eradication policies in Latin America to stem the supply of illicit cocaine to...
Confidence in Institutions: Africans Speak on the Meaning of Being Well Governed
Although Africans are governed, there is little evidence they are well governed. This appears to be the conclusion of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, when for the second year the awards committee did not select any former African leader to receive its good...
Considering Kurdistan: Another Way to Stop Iran
There is a simple way to stop Iran from its nuclear ambitions, a way less costly than war and more effective than sanctions. It is by the creation of Kurdistan. Even a mere non-binding declaration by the US Congress to consider an option to create...
Corruption Reduction: A Foreign Policy Goal and Instrument
AMITAI ETZIONI is Professor of International Relations at George Washington University. He served as a senior advisor to the Carter White House and has authored 22 books. In 2001, Etzioni was named among the top 100 American intellectuals in a study...
Democracy's Resilience: Tradition, Modernity, and Hybridity in India
Indian democracy is puzzling. Many democracy advocates and human rights activists around the world--and in India itself--find it hard to reconcile the country's democratic achievements with its tragic failures. India's democratic success makes the...
Divergent Paths: The Future of One-Party Rule in Singapore
Is democracy always the most fitting model of governance, or can circumstances justify a more authoritarian approach for the sake of securing the country's material wealth? The parliamentary republic of Singapore has been under international scrutiny...
India's Catastrophic Landscape: Fixing a Flawed Foundation
Geologists have an evocative term for majestic landscapes prone to tectonic shifts: catastrophic landscapes. India is in many ways similar: the economy is reaching new heights, but the forces playing out not so far beneath the surface have the potential...
Justice in the Philippines?
Frank Smyth's survey of the appalling annual toll of journalists killed on the job is especially timely now, as the latest year's tally includes one event that grotesquely inflated the total--the massacre of 32 journalists in the Philippines. Fortunately,...
Letter from the Editors
As the world's largest democracy, the second most populous nation, and the fourth largest economy, India boasts a record of superlatives that has led to its identification as a geostrategic heavyweight defining the new global balance of power. Recent...
More Than Words: Austerity in France
Dr. Doom has spoken: Europe is in for a storm, and it's not just the infamous PIGS - the acronym used to refer to Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain, the four European economies most exposed to the debt crisis--but a true heavyweight: France. Nouriel...
Power Shift: Volatility in the Caucasus
Kyrgyzstan is no stranger to political volatility. Ever since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, ethnic tensions have simmered under the increasingly authoritarian rule of former president Askar Akayev, who was first elected unopposed...
Rethinking Aid Policy: Working with Recipient Communities
We are interested in talking about international aid and what you think the state of that is. Harvard-trained economist Dambisa Moyo put forth a theory that aid keeps Africa poor and that we should curtail--if not change--the way we aid Africa. What...
Summer of Discontent: Considering Conditions in Kashmir
On July 7, 2010, for the first time in over 17 years, troops from the 15th corps of the Indian army were deployed in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, to assist civilian authorities in maintaining law and order. Although the army's...
The Global Professional: Demographic Change and the Rise of India
Speaking to the young and aspiring students at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai during his maiden visit to India, US President Barack Obama noted, "The United States does not just believe, as some people say, that India is a rising power; we believe...
Views on Immigration: The Impact of Public Opinion on Global Migration
With economic recovery picking up and baby-boomers beginning to retire in many member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the question of whether or not to rely on more labor migration to support economic...