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. 3, Summer

At Russia's Door
Abstract: Upon signing the 1955 Warsaw Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance in the Polish capital, representatives of the Soviet Union and its satellites graciously invited all European states to join their alliance. In an ironically...
Background Note?
Abstract: International politics has fragmented, involving more diverse actors in myriad new sites. A new politics of ethnicity and nationalism is altering the conditions of both coexistence and cooperation. Interpreting these changes has become...
Birth Pangs
Abstract: There are presently 2 contending views of the African continent - one pessimistic, the other optimistic. The pessimists, regularly flashing images of Africa's miseries across the world's television screens, dismiss Africa as a hopeless...
Capital Offense
Abstract: The violent crime rate in the former USSR continues to increase by 10% annually. As crime rates reach staggering heights, federal and local officials are searching for the proper means of punishing new criminals. In light of some former...
Captial Mistress
Abstract: To prognosticate about the future of the globe, much less the global economy, is a formidable task. What becomes apparent when one undertakes such an endeavor is that political and economic themes are inextricably intertwined. The greater...
Confining Conditions
Abstract: The domino effect seems to aptly describe the volatile economic situations - and subsequent political uncertainty - that have ravaged developing countries around the world since the middle of the 1990s. An economic crisis in one country...
Echo of the Past
Abstract: Recently, Germans have been debating how to represent the past in a Holocaust Memorial to be built in the center of Berlin. The continuing debate over the Memorial indicates that many Germans still have not yet been able to come to terms...
Economic Stability (in East Asia)
Abstract: Any attempt to achieve international security in East Asia in the first few decades of the coming century should take as a basic premise the inevitability of significant change. Peace and stability are, in general, what most nations seek...
Eurosolid
Abstract: Conceived in the Maastrict Treaty almost a decade ago, the gestation of the euro through the convergence process of the 1990s was a successful one. Convergence culminated in the achievement of price stability throughout the euro area....
Global Game: (Soccer)
Abstract: Just a year into his first term as president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, Joseph Blatter has begun a series of efforts to modernize and expand the sport of football. His plan to move the World Cup to a 2-year rotation...
Haunted by History
Abstract: The question of race is the defining parameter in South Africa's continuing struggle for national unity and reconciliation. For many years to come, South Africa's progress as a nation will be measured by the degree to which it has succeeded...
High Velocity
Abstract: Dramatic advances in technology and the collapse of international economic, political, and ideological barriers over the last decade have set the stage for an explosion of new business opportunities in the next century. New entrepreneurs,...
Identity Crisis (in South Asia)
Abstract: With the sunset of the 20th century fast approaching, it seems more prudent to take stock of the Indian subcontinent's past and present without making facile distinctions between the religious and the secular, the emotional and the rational,...
Old Choices
Abstract: When Hugo Chavez inaugurated President on February 2, 1999, it seemed that a new era in Venezuelan politics had begun. Chavez's popularity has soared since his election because he has tried to show his devotion to the people through small,...
One Nation?
Abstract: The most controversial figure in recent Australian politics has been Pauline Hanson, leader of the political party One Nation. One Nation's supporters can be roughly divided into 2 overlapping groups: those who resent multiculturalism...
On the Brink
Abstract: In Mexico, recent electoral reform has emerged hand in hand with what finally appears to be a near-level political field. Padding the domestic and international perception of a true Mexican democracy is the phenomenon of pluralism in the...
Quebec's Lesson: A Path of Peaceful Separatism
Abstract: The recent tragedy in Kosovo of a minority's struggle for self-determination has unfortunately been representative of the violent ethnic conflict that prevails across continents. Groups with different religions, languages, or ancestry...
Revolutionary Adaptations
Abstract: The evolution of science and technology underlies a trend toward increasing complexity and uncertainty in international relations. Technological advances alone cannot effect change in the international order; they are directed by human...
Strategic Vision
Abstract: Some 8 years after the end of the Cold War, relations between the US and Russia are in a curious - and surprisingly dangerous - condition. Because international communism has collapsed as a worldwide threat, neither country has a serious...
Trading Waste
Abstract: The 4th Basel Convention, held in Kuching, Malaysia on February 1998, marked a significant effort against an environmental challenge to the international community: the trading of waste between developed and developing nations. While governments...
Visible Hand
Abstract: The motivation behind microfinance is simple. Financial institutions can extend loans to the poor while making a reasonable profit. Approximately 3,000 microfinance institutions (MFIs) are in operation - the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh...
World Prisms
Abstract: As the century closes, the contradictory organizational energies associated with globalization and fragmentation are mounting concerted attacks on the primacy of the sovereign, territorial state as the sole building block of world order....