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. 4, Fall

Alone and Together: US Foreign Policy in the 1990s: Interview with Thomas Pickering
Abstract: An interview with Thomas Pickering, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, is presented. Text: Before becoming Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in 1997, Thomas R. Pickering served in some of the United States'...
Assimilated Leaders
Abstract: A popular political assumption is that modern, democratically structured states represent political progress over the feudal monarchies that they historically replaced. With the advent of electoral democracies, one expects to find the...
Caste in Stone
Abstract: In 1948, India laid the groundwork for the world's oldest system of affirmative action: a concerted effort to give preferences in employment and education to selected disadvantaged ethnic groups, with the hope that they would integrate...
Confucian Democracy
Abstract: The 20th century has witnessed the triumph of democracy. There is every reason to believe that the democratic system will achieve even greater success in the 21st century and lead the world into a more promising future. However, the value...
Demand-Driven Leadership
Abstract: One of the most dramatic and consequential of all human differences is between the minute or 2 it may take a hasty male to father a child and the 2 decades it takes someone who, statistically, is overwhelmingly likely to be female to raise...
Diminished Returns
Abstract: Women have always done "economic" work - growing crops, collecting wild food, and producing useful goods and services for sale - along with the work of preparing food for their families and caring for children and the elderly. Societies...
Economic Brink: (Lebanon's Economic Conditions)
Abstract: Reconstruction projects in Beirut, since the end of Lebanon's civil war, have drawn international attention and prestigious investors. Examples include the Four Seasons Hotel and the waterfront Marina Towers, which sit on land worth over...
Health Horizons
Abstract: For a long time, it has been evident in the health service sector that many of the major determinants of women's health lie outside the health system, that poverty is a major cause of women's ill-health, and that ill-health perpetuates...
Pooled Genes
Abstract: Initiated about a decade ago, the Human Genome Project is an unprecedented endeavor to map and sequence all human DNA. The Human Genome Project has been international in nature from the beginning, perhaps in part because of the long tradition...
Preserving Bitter Fruit
Abstract: On June 18, 1954, a mercenary force of US-backed Guatemalan exiles invaded Guatemala from a base in Honduras. After Guatemala City was bombed for days by CIA planes manned by US pilots, the populist government of democratically elected...
Searching for the Princess?
Abstract: Princesses are scarce both in the discipline of international relations and in the realm of international politics. Princes, however, abound. For example, Machiavelli's Prince is enshrined in the canon of the field. The Prince tells how...
Selective Declaration
Abstract: Women's rights are human rights. This affirmation seems self-evident, yet women waited until 1995 to see it stated unequivocally in an international document. That year, the overwhelming majority of the world's nations adopted the Beijing...
Silicon Valley of the East
Abstract: Bangalore, once a quiet summer retreat for British officers and their families in the South Indian state of Karnataka, has become the technology capital of India. Popularly known as the "Silicon Valley of the East," Bangalore is home to...
Smuggled Smoke (in Great Britain)
Abstract: In February 1999, British Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a plan to stem the flow of smuggled cigarettes into Great Britain. Chancellor Brown's plan is intended in part to ensure that the British government receives revenue from the...
State of East Timor
Abstract: East Timor only approaches the prospect of independence this year, long after the heyday of anti-colonial struggle in the developing world. After a referendum in August 1999 in which over 70% of east Timorese voted for an end to Indonesian...
Sustainable Security
Abstract: The environment is the most transnational of all transnational issues. The origins and reach of most environmental issues respect neither national boundaries nor traditional conceptions of sovereignty and territorial integrity. To acknowledge...
Sweat and Tears
Abstract: A significant rise in student activism on US college campuses against university retailers affiliated with sweatshops has threatened the US$2.5 billion university-apparel industry. Over 1000 students from 100 universities have joined United...
Swiss Voice
Abstract: In the Swiss general elections on October 24, 1999, the Swiss People's Party, the only one of the 4 major Swiss political parties to oppose European integration, stunned the European political establishment by gaining 7.9% of the vote...
This Just In: Qatar's Satellite Channel
Abstract: When the Qatari al-Jazeera Satellite Channel began broadcasting in 1996, it advertised itself as a forum for diverse views. Unfortunately, it was only the latest of several Middle Eastern satellite channels to make the same lofty claim....
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