Harvard International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, Summer

A Nuclear Japan: The Push for Weaponization
It is no surprise that the only country that has ever experienced the horror of nuclear weapons is also one of their staunchest opponents. Since the end of the Second World War, despite pursing peaceful civilian uses of nuclear energy, both the Japanese...
Asia Invests in Liberal Arts: US Higher Education Expands Abroad
There are worrying signs today that the United States is turning away from the tradition of liberal arts education that has made it a global leader in post-secondary education over the past century. Universities are cutting language and literature...
Brain Drain Revisited: The Economic Impact of Immigration
As the growth of protests directed at the Group of 20 has shown, world economies are becoming increasingly globalized in ways that create both opportunities and anxieties. Globalization manifests itself in many sectors of the economy, including increased...
Bridging the Gaps: Lessons Learned from an NGO-University Partnership
Education is a basic human right and a bedrock of human development. Nevertheless, approximately 28 million children living in countries or regions affected by conflict are not receiving an education. Millions more affected by humanitarian emergencies...
Crimea: A Microcosm of East-West Conflict
If you ask the average Westerner about the Crimea, you will likely get a blank stare. Some might remember the mid-19th century Crimean War or recollect high school analysis of Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade." An outdoorsman perhaps has...
Education for Improvement: Citizenship in the Global Public Sphere
The establishment of public education systems was the result of the Enlightenment, an intellectual movement in the 17th and I 8th centuries which espoused the power of human reason to improve society, and which promoted the use of science to understand...
Evaluating Iraq: The Legacy of Invasion
From 2003 to 2009, the war Iraq dominated headlines. Regular updates of bombings and death tolls, centerfolds depicting Baghdad residents picking their way through rubble, and a continuous debate over US motives for invading were the standard stock...
Gender Justice: Employment Gaps in the Arab World
When we are young we see change as a sweeping phenomenon, a roaring avalanche of paradigm shifts and situational changes that overwhelm the "status quo" into relinquishing its unjust usurpation of power. Such ideas do not rest far from the line demarcating...
Geopolitics, Obesity, Diabetes: The Brazilian, Chinese, and Indian Responses
Though different in their history, political institutions, and cultures, in recent years the emerging nations of Brazil, China, and India have witnessed a burgeoning growth--of obesity and diabetes cases. The product of ongoing economic growth, trade,...
Global Grand Challenges for Engineering and International Development
In March 2013, 450 of the world's top engineers, scientists, economists, designers, artists, philosophers, policymakers, and, importantly, students, convened at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London for the inaugural "Global Grand...
Governance by Gigabytes: Accelerating Democracy by John O. McGinnis
Democracy is an ever-changing social experiment, devised millennia ago in Ancient Greece. Over time, the ways in which it has been implemented have changed to fit the needs of the society employing it. However, one thing has not changed: democracy...
Letter from the Editors
When the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, it set forth an international standard for what is owed to each and every human being, irrespective of race, class, gender, creed, or any other distinction. In the wake of the world's...
Mobilizing New Generations: Engaging Youth in International Development
Free The Children emphasizes mobilizing youth to help youth. What is the motivation behind this, and how does it make your impact unique? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The greatest challenge facing our world is that we're raising a generation of passive...
Red Diamonds: Chinese Involvement in Zimbabwe
During the summer of last year, the International Monetary Fund declared that Africa would soon be home to 70 percent of the world's fastest growing economies, with Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Congo, Ghana, Zambia and Nigeria each growing at rates...
Social Justice & Globalization: Reconsidering Public Finance in College Access
Many nations have expanded college enrollment in fields that will yield more workers for science and technology (S&T) jobs. Two mechanisms have been widely used in pursuit of this goal: 1) using higher tuition coupled with increased borrowing to...
Spontaneous Combustion: Oil and the Battle for the Falklands
Located near the southeastern tip of Argentina, the sparsely populated Falkland Islands remain one of the main diplomatic hotspots on the world stage. British-Argentine disputes over the archipelago, which culminated in 1982 in a military standoff...
Strategizing for Energy Policy: China's Drive to Reduce Dependence
In 2011, China emerged as the largest consumer of energy globally, and is projected to be a main driver of global energy demand increases for the foreseeable future. Under the IEA's most recent long-term scenarios, over the next quarter century, China...
The Africa Growth Initiative Presents ... Meeting the Deadline: Challenges to Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa continues to face many challenges in achieving its development goals, and its unlikely that many of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will he able to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 as expected. The failure to meet the...
The Brookings Institution Presents ... Evaluating Poverty Elimination: Boosting Entrepreneurship in Africa
In Doing Business 2012: Doing Business in a More Transparent World, the World Bank noted that many African countries have significantly improved their political and economic systems during the last several years, placing the continent in a position...
The Future of the New "We": Muslims in the West to Western Muslims
This is a discussion of the relationship between Muslims, Islam, and the West. There is an increasing need for both Muslims and people of other faiths (or with no faith) of the West to change the way they perceive Islam. Moving away from the first...
The New Economics Foundation Presents ... the Future Economy: Pursuing Social Responsibility in Business
Some time ago, the think-tank where I serve as Executive Director conceived the idea of a short video that could articulate the basic problem of global economics--the real problem--in a way that a thousand words never could. We called it The Impossible...
The Role of Small NGOs: Building Quality International Education
When people ask me about Uganda, the first image that comes to my mind is always the pre-dawn drive along he road between Entebbe Airport and the capital city of Kampala. The smell of tropical Africa drifts through the open window, damp and warm, heavy...
Too Much Information: Ineffective Intelligence Collection
"In the intelligence business, bigger is not necessarily better." -Bruce Riedel, former Central Intelligence Agency analyst In this age of digitalization and technology, intelligence agencies across the globe process massive amounts of information...
Tropical Diseases: The Right Fight against the Wrong Enemy
After a long, hard fought struggle against humanity's oldest scourge, the terror of smallpox--disfiguring and deadly--was no more. The eradication of smallpox in 1979 heralded an era of optimism for the global health community. At WHO Headquarters...

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