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January 2018
The Elusive Goal of Global Food Security
by Rosamond L. Naylor
“What will it take to meet the global food needs of up to 10 billion people by midcentury in the midst of expanding civil conflicts, human displacement, extreme climate events, and other natural disasters?”

January 2018
The United Nations and Sovereignty in the Age of Trump
by Thomas G. Weiss
“Sovereignty can be and has been interpreted more inclusively—including during World War II—to justify cooperation in the face of common, existential threats.”

January 2018
The Right Way to Build Resilience to Climate Change
by Daniel P. Aldrich
“Focusing solely on physical infrastructure runs the risk of overlooking another critical component of resilience: social infrastructure.” Fourth in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

January 2018
The Strained Marriage of Public Debts and Private Contracts
by Anna Gelpern
“[S]overeign debt is a complex political institution, which cannot be reduced to creditor coordination or any other contract problem.”

January 2018
How Big Data Feeds Big Crime
by David S. Wall
“Big data and big crimes are powered by cloud technologies and the Internet of Things...”

January 2018
Perspective: Fear, Loathing, and Nuclear Disarmament
by Sharon Squassoni
A volatile US president has stirred up new angst over the nuclear peril. The UN treaty banning the bomb may not have much immediate effect, but it could be a first step toward a safer future.

January 2018
Books: Beginning of the End?
by Joshua Lustig
A pair of political scientists warn that history offers many examples of democracies collapsing after demagogues come to power—and the United States is not immune

January 2018
The Month in Review: November 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in November, country by country, day by day.

January 2018
A Statistical Snapshot of the World
by the editors of Current History
Charts

January 2017
From Scarcity to Abundance: The New Geopolitics of Energy
by Michael T. Klare
“The world is beginning to move away from reliance on fossil fuels altogether, rendering obsolete many of the strategic plans intended to ensure the safe flow of oil.”

January 2017
The Tragedy of Obama’s Foreign Policy
by Michael J. Boyle
“Historians may well conclude that Obama glimpsed a different world for American foreign policy but never exerted the kind of strategic direction needed to turn that vision into reality.”

January 2017
Labor Rights in the Age of Global Supply Chains
by Layna Mosley
“[C]hanging the incentives for governments in developing countries is probably necessary—albeit not sufficient—to achieve sustained improvements for workers.” Fourth in a series on labor relations around the world.

January 2017
The Populist Turn in American Politics
by Barry Eichengreen
“[H]istory … suggests taking more seriously concerns about inequality and, specifically, the resentment and alienation of once-privileged groups who feel left behind.”

January 2017
The Nationalist Origins of Political Islam
by Jocelyne Cesari
“[The] incorporation of Islam within state institutions nationalized religious authorities and teachings, giving rise to a hegemonic version of the faith.”

January 2017
Perspective: Why Humanitarian Intervention Still Isn’t a Global Norm
by Rajan Menon
Efforts to press the international community to supersede national sovereignty when necessary to stop atrocities have been hindered by inconsistent application of the principle.

January 2017
Books: Visions of a Borderless World
by Nando Sigona
Donald Trump vows to build a wall while Europe tries to pull up the drawbridge. A new book argues that borders violently enforce inequality, barring the global poor from prosperity.

January 2017
The Month in Review: November 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in November, country by country, day by day.

January 2017
A Statistical Snapshot of the World
by the editors of Current History
Charts

January 2016
After Paris: Good Enough Climate Governance
by Joshua Busby
“[F]or many developing countries, the Paris agreement is better than no deal and an important step in the right direction.”

January 2016
The Global Challenge of the Refugee Exodus
by Gallya Lahav
“The refugee crises…amount to an emerging global challenge facing almost all industrialized liberal democracies, pitting their humanitarian norms against materialist values.”

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