Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter

A Dirty Dilemma: The Hazardous Waste Trade
Since the 1980s, exporters of hazardous waste have targeted developing countries. Some of this waste is destined for dumping or disposal, while other waste is directed to resource recovery, recycling, or reuse. To protect developing countries from...
An Objectionable Proposition. (Letters to the Editor)
Jayantha Dhanapala's "A Disarming Proposition" (HIR, Summer 2001) is an extremely disappointing discussion of disarmament. Its rhetorical con struction yields only vacuous assertions. Following his introductory paragraph, Dhanapala describes the ways...
Another New World Order? Multilateralism in the Aftermath of September 11. (World in Review)
It was on a crisp, brilliant September morning that the United States experienced the worst terrorist attack in its history. Onlookers watched in disbelief as two hijacked passenger jets slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center....
A Persisting Evil: The Global Problem of Slavery. (World in Review)
Slavery has not been abolished. Although centuries of struggle and sacrifice on the part of anti-slavery activists have successfully made slavery illegal under international law, abolitionism triumph remains incomplete in reality. Conservative estimates...
A Wayward Path: The Failure of US Polioy in Peru. (World in Review)
In 1994 the Clinton administration, under pressure from an increasingly hawkish Congress, escalated the drug war by authorizing military action against suspected drug flights. The policy met with little opposition at the time. But in April 2001, when...
Building a Foundation: Poverty, Development, and Housing in Pakistan. (Perspectives)
The ranks of the urban poor are rising in Third World countries. Most families arriving in cities are pushed into squatter settlements, where they suffer from shoddy housing, thugs, discrimination, poor infrastructure, sparse health care, insecurity...
Climatic Fears: Colonialism and the History of Environmentalism. (Environment)
It is a common fallacy to think that globalization and environmental crises are new phenomena, or products only of the post-World War II world. Global environmental concerns are also often considered to be relatively new. But the story of environmentalist...
Deterring Fear: Government Responses to Terrorist Attacks. (Perspectives)
The possible use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by terrorists has been a subject of concern for decades and has seemed more pressing since March 1995, when a Japanese cult known as Aum Shinrikyo spread the nerve gas sarin in the Tokyo subway...
Ghosts of Berlin: The Resurgent PDS. (Global Notebook)
On August 13, 2001, exactly 40 years after the Berlin Wall was built, Germany held a national ceremony to remember its suffering under the rule of East Germany's socialist leaders. Most German political parties used the commemoration ceremonies...
Guatemala's False Dawn: Five Years of "Peace". (Global Notebook)
With the signing of the peace treaty that ended Guatemala's civil war on December 29, 1996, Guatemala's Mayan majority hoped that its years of chronic poverty and political disenfranchisement were drawing to a close. Calling for reparations and...
Hot Air over Kyoto: The United States and the Politics of Global Warming. (Environment)
The year 2001 has been the most turbulent year in international global-warming policy since the tumultuous final round of negotiations on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992. US President George W. Bush's decision in March...
In Deng's Shadow: The Legacy of Jiang Zemin. (World in Review)
In the wake of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 and the resulting criticism from an appalled international community, a new leader emerged at the core of China's leadership. Jiang Zemin, Communist Party boss of Shanghai, clad in signature black,...
In Need of a Fix: Reforming Plan Colombia. (Global Notebook)
Colombia's drug traffickers stunned government officials and the US Drug Enforcement Administration in 2000 when they managed to purchase a Russian submarine and began reconstructing it in the outskirts of Bogota, 210 mires from the sea. Local workers...
It's Not Easy Being Green: Green Parties: From Protest to Power. (Environment)
A decade ago, it appeared that Green parties might fade as quickly as they had bloomed. Now, how ever, Green parties appear to have become fixtures in the party systems of most Western democracies, and the Greens participate in coalition governments...
Lessons from Guatemala: Renewing US Foreign Policy on the Rule of Law. (Perspectives)
Both former US Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton placed tremendous emphasis on promoting the rule of law and democratization in their foreign policy statements, and with good cause: neither ideal is regularly respected in many places around the...
Paradise Lost? Environmentalism and Politics. (Editor's Note)
or many years, the environment was discussed only in the domestic arena among a few politicians and academics. Recently, however, the environment has grown as a body of knowledge and emerged as a focus of political debate. When did the environment...
Race to the Top: The Biases of the WTO Regime. (Environment)
In a recent speech before the Institute for International Economics, US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick did a fairly convincing job of knocking down a straw man in his discussion of environmental concerns over trade. "Given America respect for...
Soldiers of Fortune 500: International Mercenaries. (Global Notebook)
Mercenary armies have long been stigmatized as profiteering opportunists devoid of any allegiance to the cause for which they fight. Today's mercenaries still fight for money, but in the context of global capitalism, some groups are becoming less...
Speaking Out: The Internet in China. (Global Notebook)
Strong public opinion often drives momentous societal change. The advent of the printing press in Europe during the Reformation and the proliferation of pamphlets in France in 1789 are powerful examples from history. Recently, observers have pointed...
The Environmentalist Paradox: The World Trade Organization's Challenges. (Environment)
The World Trade Organization (WTO) and its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), have been remarkably successful for 50 years at doing what governments mandated them to do: liberalize world trade and conduct it according to...
The Long Ride: China through the Train Window. (Global Notebook)
Few travelers recount their time in China without waxing poetic about the train rides. The view from a hard-sleeper bunk bed can make one feel like an intergalactic voyager, passively observing China's dramatic environmental and demographic variations....
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