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. 3, Fall

A Light on the Water: Alternative Energy in Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which already desalinizes 24 million cubic meters of water per day, about half the world's total, is building the largest solar-powered water desalination plant in the world in the city of Al-Khafji on the shores of the...
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An Emergent Neo-Journalism: The Decline and Renewal of News Media
There are two fundamental ways of thinking about the state of journalism across the globe. The first is reflected in headlines and stories describing violence against journalists in Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, Zimbabwe, Colombia, and a long list of...
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Assisting Democracy Abroad: American Values, American Interests
US efforts to support human rights and democracy worldwide have long been seen as serving American interests and reflecting our values. In recent years, however, a debate has emerged among those who view democracy promotion either as too soft and idealistic...
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A Union on the UN: Should France Keep Its Security Council Seat?
The United States, the United Nations, the European Union, and France are at a critical point in our shared history. The European Union, since the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, has made steady progress toward real relevance in the areas of politics, economics,...
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Breaking into the Big Leagues: How to Continue the Chilean Miracle
Chile is at a crucial point in its history. We face the real possibility of becoming a developed country in eight to ten years, as long as we are able to make the reforms that are currently on the table. History shows us that many countries reached...
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Bridging Ideologies: Maternal Health as a Human Rights Dilemma
The year 2010 leaves the world with just five years before the targeted achievement of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Though time will tell if ongoing efforts prove sufficient, the goals of fighting disease, eradicating poverty and...
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Evil by Any Other Name: Humanitarian Intervention for the 21st Century
In 1978, Deng Xiaoping began the economic reforms now referred to as Gaige Kaifang, through which China ushered in an era of unprecedented receptivity to foreign influence. The shift to liberalized trade policy led to reduced poverty levels and set...
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Failed State of the Press: Zimbabwe's Battle against Journalism Continues
Printing presses destroyed by massive bombs. Five newspapers outlawed and closed down. Scores of journalists jailed on spurious charges. Editors, reporters, photographers, and videographers beaten, tortured, and murdered. Laws that give the state a...
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Fiscal Health: The Economics of UK Health Care
The global debate on fiscal austerity measures seems to be lost on one nation. The United Kingdom has convinced itself that the time for macroeconomic stimulus is over. The budget unveiled by David Cameron's Tory-Liberal Democratic coalition in June...
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Freedom House Presents ... Fragile Progress, Rising Threats: Press Freedom and Politics in Latin America
Viewed from a long-term perspective, Latin America's democratic development over the past few decades has been a remarkable triumph. Throughout the region, military juntas and corrupt strongmen have given way to democratically elected presidents. In...
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Growing Apart: Chile's Socioeconomic Divide
For the past generation, Chile has been graced with the most stable democracy and economy in South America. Chileans boast some of the highest standards of living in Latin America and one of the region's least corrupt and most efficient governments....
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Making the Poor Count: India's National Identity Scheme
Biometric national identity systems are rare in industrial democracies. Recent attempts to introduce them in the United Kingdom and the United States have been defeated by civil libertarian opponents. In both cases, the proposed identity systems were...
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Murdering with Impunity: The Rise in Terror Tactics against News Reporters
More journalists were killed last year than ever before. No doubt the world has become a more dangerous place for journalists, but not necessarily in ways that people might expect. The risks to foreign journalists, especially for (but hardly limited...
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No Country Left Behind: US Education in the Globalized World
Is the fact that US math and science education is trailing behind other nations the biggest threat to the future power and status of the United States? I think it is threatened; I really do. We go around saying that the American higher education...
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No Man's Island: Political Paralysis in Madagascar
Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island and a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna, is prone to disaster. Tropical Storm Hubert wreaked havoc on the island's shores in March 2010, leaving 37,000 homeless. And according to the UN Food and...
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Pew Research Center Presents ... Seeing the Second Sex: Global Values, Perceptions, and Realities in Gender Equality
The global gender gap in educational attainment, workforce participation, and political representation has narrowed in recent years. According to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the share of female legislators in national assemblies...
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Raising the Bar: US Legal Education in an International Setting
Reforming legal education to best accommodate law schools and foreign students' interests is an excellent idea. This article, consequently, will concern itself with the reasons why the US legal education system needs reassessment and the channels by...
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Revolutionary Reporting: The Media, Democratization, and Eastern Europe
Amid the turmoil of the Cold War, the dramatic events of 1989--when communism fell in Central and Eastern Europe--proved a powerful show of journalism's influence as a global force. Then, more than a decade afterward, where mass gatherings forced the...
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Safeguarding Speech: A Shield for Journalists under Threat
Reporters Without Borders monitors abuse of journalists and freedom of the press around the world--a job increasing in difficulty. Since its creation in 1985, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has become one of the largest international NGOs dedicated...
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