Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring

Beyond the Intrigues: Britain, New Labour, and the Global Age
JOEL KRIEGER is the Norma Wilentz Hess Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Companion to Politics of the World. Britain's New Labour government has garnered considerable international attention, and...
Cities and States: Local Actors in US Foreign Policy
PAVEN MALHOTRA, Senior Editor, Harvard International Review The division of power between the state and federal governments in the United States has been a long-standing matter of contention. From the debates of the Constitutional Convention of...
Clean Slate: Britain and Europe: A New Start
BY ROBIN COOK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Britain's foreign policy has changed dramatically since New Labour came to power on May 2, 1997. We have pushed human rights up our foreign policy agenda, strengthened our...
Congo Tensions: The SADC's Shortcomings
As 1998 opened, sub-Saharan Africa was poised to enter a new age. Not only had the blood-shed of one of Africa's worst tribal wars finally ceased in Rwanda, but the regime of the continent's most infamous dictator of the decade--a symbol of the corruption...
Daunting Demographics: Examining India's Census
Dr. M. Vijayanunni is the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. As Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, Dr. M. Vijayanunni oversees the civil registration operations of the Republic of India. Most significantly, he is...
Divergent Neighbors: The Czech Republic and Slovakai since Independence
ANDOR I. MESZAROS, Senior Editor, Harvard International Review On January 1, 1993, the state of Czechoslovakia ceased to exist and the Czech Republic and Slovakia were born in its place. The "Velvet Divorce," as the breakup was known, brought an...
Facing History: Establishing Peace in Northern Ireland
MO MOWLAM is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Maya Angelou has written, "History, despite its wrench and pain, cannot be unlived. But if faced with courage, it need not be lived again." The people of Northern Ireland took the poet's words...
Harsh Rule: Recognizing the Taliban
While most nations have refused to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, for all practical purposes, the Taliban rule the country. As of late January 1999, the Taliban regime controlled 90 percent of Afghanistan, and...
Human Quest: The International Space Station and Mars Exploration
DANIEL S. GOLDIN is Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) celebrates 40 years of scientific exploration. NASA's mission, to discover the unknown in...
Mughal India and Central Asia
A world that is accustomed to multidirectional flows of information through the means of capacious strands of fiber optics and satellites might not realize the intricacy and complexity of the networks of communications between Central Asia and Mughal...
Nuclear Identity: Pakistan's Domestic Challenges
JARED SHIRCK, Staff Writer, Harvard International Review After the euphoria of Pakistan's fiftieth anniversary celebration two years ago, its leaders refocused on the major economic and social problems within the nation. Since then, Pakistan has...
Patron to Partner: Reflections on the US-South Korean Relationship
JOHN BARRY KOTCH is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Hanyang University, South Korea. Looking back on the past half-century of Korea's turbulent history, the United States can take considerable...
Silent Consent: Indonesia's Abuse of Women
A gang of men stopped a public bus and, forcibly removing all women of Chinese descent, proceeded to rape them. A ten-year old girl was seized from her ruined home and sexually assaulted in front of onlooking neighbors. These atrocities did not...
Splendid Isolation: Looking to the Future of Britain and Europe
KIRSTY HUGHES is Head of the European Institute Policy Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was formerly Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. A confident British government, no longer at odds...
To Each His Own: Ethnic Relations and Political Culture in Britain
GERD BAUMANN is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Research Centre Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam. When the ship HMS Windrush brought the first African Caribbean settlers to fill the labor shortage in Britain's battered post-war...
Twilight of the Despots: Asian-Authoritarians and the Need for Enlightenment
KARA TAN BHALA is First Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch Asset Management. Before President Suharto of Indonesia was forced to resign, he was already an anachronism in Asia. He belonged to a dying breed of Asian dictators...
Unwritten Rules: Britain's Constitutional Revolution
DONLEY T. STUDLAR is Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University and Executive Secretary of the British Politics Group. When the New Labour government led by Tony Blair took office in May 1997, one of its...
Which Way? the Third Way and the Puzzle of New Labour
STUART WHITE is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of the forthcoming book, The Civic Minimum: An Essay on the Rights and Obligations of Economic Citizenship. The author...