Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall

A Belgian Waffle: Flemish Unrest and Secessionism
Belgium is hardly first in anyone's mind when it comes to the question of secession. The small lowlands nation boasts a higher per capita GDP than Britain or Japan and serves as the seat of the European Union. But Belgium's unassuming appearance masks...
A Crude Reality: Canada's Oil Sands and Pollution
The United States and Canada enjoy one of the largest trading partnerships in the world, with energy serving as a vital component of that relationship. Canada exports 1.96 million barrels of oil per day to the United States, according to the Energy...
A Disciple Becomes the Guru: Should the United States Learn from India?
American businesses are increasingly moving their research and development operations to India and China. Debates rage in the United States about whether this will lead to greater prosperity or threaten this will lead to greater prosperity or threaten...
Africa's Science Decline: The Challenge of Building Scientific Institutions
The central role of the modern research university within the knowledge economy is now generally appreciated. although it is recognized that knowledge is also produced outside the university, there is--if anything--greater appreciation today of the...
A Toxic Issue: Air Pollution in New Delhi
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing focused environmental attention on pollution in China. But escaping the spotlight was Asia's other tiger, India, where high pollution levels are at least indirectly responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year....
Competition and Cooperation: The Need for a Dual Approach
Imagine for an instant that you are the president or rector of a research university in North America or Western Europe. You are well aware that the world of today is increasingly global and competitive, as well as driven by knowledge. In particular,...
Crooked Progress: Afghanistan Tackles Corruption
Seven years after the fall of the Taliban regime, Afghans--and the international community--are still struggling to construct a state with a functioning government, licit economic growth, and improved social conditions. While the country has seen significant...
Diplomacy in the Middle East: Arab Allies Their Own Agendas
During Cold War, countries of the Middle Eat, like most around the world, were divided into allies of the United States and allies of the Soviet union US allies sought Washington's security protection and in general followed its lead except in policy...
Economic Security: Expanding Women's Participation in US Science
As US competitiveness is increasingly challenged on all sides, the forced attrition of women from the science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) workforce represents an annual cost of billions of dollars. This loss comes at a time when...
Evolving Markets: Adapting to the New High-Skilled Migration
The international movement of individuals with university education is increasingly common. At the education is increasingly common. At the same time, both public policy and attributes towards educated migrants have been schizophrenic: new policies...
Feeding an Elephant: Malnutrition and the Right to Food in India
The Rome Declaration on World Food Security, signed in 1996, defines global access to food as "physical and economic access, at all times, to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food [for people] to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an...
Inclusive Science
Because their specialized knowledge confers authority, climate scientists should make every effort to be accurate and complete when communicating to the public about the politically divisive issue of climate change. Unfortunately, there are several...
Letter from the Editors
In meeting the demands of our connected world, what matters is not what you do or where you are, but what you known. Despite this obvious fact, there has never been a more critical time to make the case for quality education around the world. It is...
Madrasah Education: Necessity or Rational Choice?
Education is all about opportunity, the opportunity to make something of your life, and in many cases to have choices that preceding generations did not have. Nowhere is this more true than in South Asia, where a large population, significant levels...
Mexico and NAFTA: Effects on Economic and Political Stability
Two thousands eight is the twentieth anniversary of some events that many Mexicans would prefer to forget, though some individual Mexicans who participated in them will probably never be allowed to do so. The presidential elections of 1988 were heavily...
Myth or Reality? Assessing the Validity of the Asian Model of Education
It was not long ago that Asian countries were considered poor and under developed. Even Japan, a G8 country and well-established OECD member, was viewed as a struggling nation that produced products of questionable quality after the devastation of...
Reconstructing the Rule of Law: Post-Conflict Liberia
Civil wars mark the collapse of a state's ability to maintain social order through peaceful means. To prevent wars from recurring, new social, economic, and political arrangements must be found that are acceptable not only to the elites present at...
Staying the Course: Post-Election Kenyan Politics
After a shocking month of bloodletting that erupted in the wake of the December 2007 elections, Kenya appears to have recovered well. A new coalition government now represents both sides in the poll dispute. Meanwhile, safari-goers have returned in...
The Impossible Dream: Education and the MDGs
For international aid and development agencies working in the social sectors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shape their flagship programs and budgets, notably in education and health. Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000, the goals...
The Problem with Patents: Traditional Knowledge and International IP Law
With attractive pinkish-white flowers and lush green foliage, the Madagascar rosy periwinkle appears at first to be an innocuous, decorative plant. Belying its appearance, the plant has incredibly potent qualities. In the early 1950s, the pharmaceutical...
The Transatlantic Agenda: US-European Relations in a Globalized System
Could you characterize the transatlantic relationship between the United States and the European Union? To start with, no other relationship in the world rests on such a solid foundation: the United States and the European Union are each other's...