Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, Winter

Aligning for the Future: Assertive Unilateralism or Concert of Powers? (Perspectives on the United States)
US foreign policy is in the midst of an unprecedented, but incomplete, diplomatic revolution. This transformation began in earnest after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and has resulted in new levels of cooperation in a worldwide war against terrorism....
ASEAN Fusion: Southeast Asia's Future Role in World Affairs. (Interview)
Rodolfo Severino was Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 1998 to 2002. His career in international organizations began in 1964 when he served as Information Assistant to the UN Information Center in Manila....
A Splintered Mirror: The World Reflects on the United States. (Editor's Note)
Concerns over the future role of the United States dominate international discourse and policy. This issue's symposium critically assesses the nature and impact of these rival perspectives on the United States. Joseph Nye, the dean of the Harvard University...
Benign Neglect: Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere. (Perspectives on the United States)
Governments around the world base foreign policy strategies on their interpretations of US attitudes. They look for both consistencies and changes in the speeches, press conferences, and remarks of senior US officials. The course of international events...
Blurred Borders: Armenia vs. Azerbaijan. (Global Notebook)
In a remote province tucked in the Caucasus mountains, the people of Nagorno-Karabakh have been caught in political limbo for over a decade. The region is part of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan but is ruled by Armenia, whose forces took...
Dismissing the Draft: Germany Debates Its Military Future. (World in Review)
Through four decades of the Cold War, West Germany preferred to keep a low profile on the world political stage. The country's focus on self-defense was congruent with the security interests of the Western alliance, and military involvement abroad...
Divine Inspiration: Islamism in Secular Turkey. (Global Notebook)
Since its founding, Turkey has been the Islamic world's most prominent experiment in secular government. When Kemal Ataturk founded the modern Turkish state in the early 20th century, his goal was to create a country fundamentally Western in outlook,...
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Understanding Centrist Islam. (World in Review)
The West's traditional suspicion of anything that could be called an Islamist movement has increased in light of recent events. In the rush to distinguish friend from foe in the Islamic world, US favor has gravitated toward the stable, secular, and...
Eyes on the Prize: Alfred Nobel's Legacy Today. (End Paper)
The Nobel Prize became an integral part of world culture in the 20th century. Since then, the Prize has appeared in the media on an almost daily basis, primarily in references to Nobel laureates. While it has triggered much attention and controversy,...
Finding Common Ground: Competing US and European Interests. (Perspectives on the United States)
Robert Kagan argues that the United States and Europe embrace completely different attitudes toward the use of military power. Europe, he tells us, is a self-contained world of international law and cooperation among states whose security is sustained...
Heir Jordan: One State's Story of Economic Transformation. (Perspectives)
Jordan today stands at the threshold of realizing the dynamic opportunities presented by economic openness and global integration. If we are successful in seizing the prospects currently open to our country, our experience will serve as evidence that...
Ill-Considered Experiments: The Environmental Consensus and the Developing World. (Perspectives)
For a brief period between the end of the Cold War and September 11, 2001, an opportunity arose to consider global concerns beyond East-West politics and nudear threats. The connection between states' failed environmental policies and the devastation...
Indispensable Power: Hegemonic Tendencies in a Globalized World. (Perspectives on the United States)
Contemporary international politics continues to be characterized by a widening rift between the United States and the rest of the world, even Europe. This division is a direct result of Washington's inability, despite its overwhelming military might,...
In Search of Peace: The Fate and Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement. (Perspectives)
In 1920 and 1921, after centuries of British rule, including 120 years when the entire island was governed as part of the United Kingdom, 26 of the 32 Irish counties gained independence. The other six counties remained in political union with Britain...
Legal Battles: Nigeria's Shari'a Controversy. (Global Notebook)
Human rights organizations and the international media have focused on the plight of Nigerian women since shari'a (Islamic law) came into force in the northern, predominately Muslim, states of Nigeria. The stories of Safiya Hussaini and others affected...
Lethal Strains: Challenges in the Pursuit of Biological Security. (World in Review)
In October 5, 2001, a weaponized form of anthrax claimed its first public casualty in the United States. In the following weeks, at least 17 people succumbed to anthrax infection. Although anthrax caused few deaths compared to the terrorist attacks...
Mugabe's Malaise: Stifling Africa's Development. (Global Notebook)
Even as the Iraq weapons inspection dilemma occupied UN attention, one fledgling organization was able to obtain enough floor time to gain a full endorsement from the UN General Assembly. Reaffirming the UN commitment to the 1991 Harare Declaration,...
Pleading the Fifth: Adapting NATO's Article V. (Global Notebook)
With the establishment of Eastern Europe's communist political structure, the countries of Western Europe formed NATO as a vehicle of collective security against the Soviet bloc. NATO's primary mission was spelled out in Article V of its charter,...
The Power of Persuasion: Dual Components of US Leadership. (Perspectives on the United States)
Joseph Nye, Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy and Dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government since 1995, has had extensive experience in international affairs policy as an undersecretary of state, chairman of the National Security...
The Transatlantic Rift: US Leadership after September 11. (Perspectives on the United States)
Forged in the aftermath of World War II, the transatlantic partnership between Europe and the United States has proven successful and resilient over the past half-century. The international environment changed radically with the fall of the Berlin...
Trial by Fire: The International Criminal Court Pushes Ahead. (Global Notebook)
On September 3, 2002, the Assembly of States Parties, the governing body of the International Criminal Court (ICC), convened its inaugural meeting. Although the ICC will not be completely operational until the second quarter of 2003, this initial...
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