Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, Fall

Activism Meets Loyal Passivists
The "Women Making Democracy" conference held by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on March 29th and 30th attempted to examine the role of women in the Arab Spring from a variety of angles. Its panelists drew from a refreshingly diverse variety...
China in Africa: Myths, Realities and Opportunities
Myths and realities about China's ambitions in Africa abound: China is monolithic, mired in stale ideology, subverting the Bretton Woods system, and unwilling to provide global public goods. Another is that China has no "soft power," that is, the ability...
Corrections
CORRECTIONS In Missiles in America by PETER HUESSY, editors from the Harvard International Review provided a graph based on data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and a chart based on data from the Center for Defense Information....
Going Strong: The US-Indonesian Partnership
You've referred to cultural understanding as something needed between Indonesia and the United States and that's one of your focus areas under the Comprehensive Partnership. How's it going so far? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To build the kind of relationship...
Letter from the Editors
In the last eighteen months, the world has witnessed a series of protests and mass movements that erupted all over the globe: from the Arab Spring, to the Spanish Indignants, to the global Occupy movements. The protests carry with them a new kind of...
Markets versus Publics: The New Battleground of Higher Education
Recent policy changes initiated by the British Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government represent a paradigm shift in the organization of higher education. In 1963, the Robbins Report on the long-term development of higher education in Britain...
Migrant Youth in Europe: A Heterogeneous Generation at Risk
Cars were burning from rioting on the streets. Moroccan and Algerian youth were running amok in the suburbs of Paris and Lyon. Helpless police forces were unable to control the escalating violence. Then-Minister of Internal Affairs Nicolas Sarkozy...
Playing a Dangerous Game: The Reticence of US Support for the Euro
In recent months, US officials in the White House and the Treasury Department have been harshly criticized in Europe for their tepid response to the Euro Crisis. As Greece dangled over the abyss of default and nations across southern Europe fell victim...
Political Prosecution: EU-Ukraine Relations in Turmoil
TO JOIN OR NOT TO JOIN: EU MEMBERSHIP & THE UKRAINE The breakup of the Soviet Union has transformed relations between the former communist countries of Eastern Europe and the European Union, encouraging economic and political assistance, as...
Resource Races: Michael T. Klare's the Race for What's Left
The exhaustion of natural reserves will lead to new hazards and unanticipated consequences. In The Race fir What's Left: The Global Scramble fir the World's Last Resources, Michael T. Klare envisages a world in which the term "peak soil" becomes as...
Revitalizing the Rule of Law: Examining the Success of the Arab Spring
Since December 2010, the eyes of the world have been drawn to the dramatic developments in North Africa and the Middle East, as popular revolutions have toppled autocratic regimes throughout the region. The American people's egalitarian instincts have...
Silver Tsunami: Aging in a Shrinking Singapore
While many countries in the Pacific region fear tsunamis, the island nation of Singapore fears a different type of tsunami: the silver tsunami. The term refers to the rapidly increasing population of senior citizens, which is expected to increase from...
Sino-Indian Relations: History, Problems and Prospects
Amidst talk of "BRIC" countries and the "Asian Century," the past decade has seen an unprecedented level of Western interest in the affairs of China and India. Despite the obvious differences between the two countries--China's economy is almost three...
Strife on the Nile: The Battle for Water Rights
The Nile River is the longest river in the world, measuring in at approximately 6,650 km. It flows through ten countries that together comprise the Nile River Basin. These include Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan,...
Taking to the Streets: Economic Crises and Youth Protest in Europe
Since 2011, various European countries have experienced periods of intensive political turmoil, with mass demonstrations that have sometimes turned violent. The high level of mobilization contradicts the often-expressed idea that young generations...
The Future of North Korea: A Defector's Perspective
As the world watched footage of Kim Jong-il's funeral, many were asking whether the emotions North Koreans displayed on camera were at all genuine. In your experience, what proportion of North Koreans are genuine devotees of the leadership? [ILLUSTRATION...
The Power of Youth: A Letter from Chai Ling
On June 4, 1989, I fled through the streets of Beijing as government officials crushed the student movement we had so passionately held in Tiananmen Square. It was soon reported that our earnest attempt to have peaceful dialogue with our nation's leaders...
The Rise of "Great Potential": Youth Activism against Gender-Based Violence
On February 12, 2012, thousands of young people watched the Grammys in anticipation of who would win the year's most coveted awards, such as Best Artist and Best Album of the year. The Grammy telecast encouraged Tweeters to participate in a parallel...
The Sri Lankan Silk Road: The Potential War between China and the United States
Sri Lanka, the "pearl" of the Indian Ocean, is strategically located within the east-west international shipping passageway. Like the old Silk Road that stretched from the ancient Chinese capital of Xian all the way to ancient Rome, modern China's...
The Youth Are Revolting: A New Generation of Politics in the Middle East?
0n February 18, 2012, just over a year on from the first major demonstrations in Yemen's Change Square, 26-year-old photojournalist Ebrahim Al Sharif announced he was going to run for the presidency, under the banner "The First Youth President in the...
Translation: Providing the Missing Link in Access to Knowledge
Despite the Internet and the global nature of aid organizations, hundreds of millions of people still live in the information dark ages. Children die of dehydration in areas where the simple oral rehydration ingredients water, salt, and sugar--are...
Turkey's Choice: Istanbul or Constantinople?
TO JOIN OR NOT TO JOIN: EU MEMBERSHIP & TURKEY Although Turkey first applied to join the European Union in 1987, and negotiations began in 2005, recent events in Europe and the Middle East have led to a shift in Turkish favor away from Europe...
Urban Brazil: An Olympic Opportunity
In June 1996, the Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements recognized that the challenges of urban development around the world had reached "crisis proportions." Growth in developing countries and the concomitant wave of urbanization have resulted...

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