West’s Failure to Reform Threatens World Order

US training flight over South China Sea and illustration of 1815 Congress of Vienna

A rebalancing of world power is underway, and global and regional organizations are in need of reform. China and Russia challenge the post–World War II international order developed by the United States and its allies. China’s swift economic growth and Russia’s military interventions have caught the West off guard, explains journalist and author Humphrey Hawksley: “China… is stepping into an array of vacuums created by economic crises, weak governance and unpredictable populism, yet nether Beijing nor Moscow has the wherewithal to build rival institutions of the strength that has allowed the West to hold sway in the world order for centuries.” International organizations designed to promote cooperation have not kept pace with social and economic changes since 1945. Groups like the United Nations, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund must take voices of rising powers into account or risk losing credibility and influence. Hawksley concludes, “The West’s failure to act on modernizing the world order is becoming as much a threat to the West’s rules-based system as is Russia and China’s attempt to challenge it.” – YaleGlobal

In Search of the Real Indo-Pacific

What’s in a name? US Defense Secretary James N. Mattis explains the geopolitical significance of the Indo-Pacific region while India’s Premier Narendra Modi downplays political significance

Global powers express renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific, and intentions are divided over strategies that could counter China or entice Chinese participation. The Indo-Pacific region dominated discussions at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, even more so than the summit between leaders of North Korea and the United States, explains Donald K. Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Program at Stanford University. Ministers. Delegates from more than 50 nations gathered at the security summit organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, June 1 to 3. Parties with an interest in the region rush to frame possibilities: India’s prime minister denied viewing the region as strategic or exclusive while the US defense secretary linked geography and ideology. Emmerson advises pragmatism. The Indo-Pacific is unlikely to rival China’s far-reaching Belt and Road Initiative, and the US already struggles with close G7 allies on supporting an international rule-based order. Emmerson concludes, “the temptation to read multilateral diplomatic content into a map of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ drawn in Washington should be resisted.” – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of Singapore: Building Your Career Panel

Co-organized by Yale Club along with the local alumni associations of Carnegie-Mellon and MIT

Join us for a great evening where an accomplished panel will share stories and insights on what made them successful in their respective career paths.

Panel comprises:

  • Allan Lim – CEO of Alpha Biofuels and Co-Founder of Comcrop and The Living! Project; Domain: Entrepreneurship, clean energy and urban farming
  • Hongyi Li – Deputy Director at GovTech; Domain: Government and technology
  • Katherine Krummert – Deputy Director, Corporate Communications and Commercial Management, High Speed Rail, Land Transport Authority of Singapore; Domain: Corporate communications, transport and government

Date: 26th July 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Microsoft Office, Level 21 Auditorium, 1 Marina Boulevard, S(018989)
Registration: Access the Facebook page at bit.ly/buildingyourcareer or if you do not have a Facebook account, you can email President Sarah Ong at sarah.ong@aya.yale.edu

Event is free and open to the public.

Beinecke Library to honor South African leader Nelson Mandela on July 18

A quotation from Nelson Mandela carved on the granite wall north of Yale's Beinecke Library.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a leader in the South African liberation struggle, his nation’s first black president, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, among other accomplishments, was born on July 18, 1918.

In commemoration of the centennial of Mandela’s birth, the Beinecke Library will have on view, in temporary exhibition cases on the mezzanine, three items related to Mandela from the Yale University Manuscripts & Archives and its collections from July 13-July 23.

All are invited to a Mandela Day celebration on Wednesday, July 18, at 4 p.m. to hear songs and some recorded words of Mandela, along with cake and light refreshments.


Yale Club of London: 1st Annual US Alumni Field Day

The Yale Club of London cordially invites you to:

1st Annual US Alumni Field Day 

Saturday, 4 August 2018
12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

Wimbledon Athletics Track
Home Park Road
London SW19 8AU

Please note: Bring lots of water.  

Early Bird: £20
Standard: £25
Last Minute: £30


About the Event: 

We are delighted to formally announce the date and programme for THE 1ST ANNUAL US ALUMNI FIELD DAY on Saturday 4th of August. The venue, the Wimbledon Athletics Track, is booked just for ourselves! Come and join young alumni (both from college and grad school – so, ‘young’) from a range of US universities for a day of fun sports, food and drink in the London summer! 
You can look forward to an active day with a selection of a diverse and inclusive sports: rounders, volleyball, boules, dodgeball and, of course, beer pong. There will be alumni from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Penn, Stanford and Yale. To engender a healthy competitive spirit, you may be placed in a team with fellow alumni from your alma mater!
The sports will be arranged on a rotation basis and lunch and one drink will be included as part of your registration. We have managed to secure a BYOB arrangement, so please bring your own drinks on the day – don’t forget some water!
An event not to be missed! One of this year’s absolute highlights for the cross-US alumni community in the UK.

Click here to register for this event. 

Contact: James Ford

Yale China: Introducing the 2018-2020 Yale-China Fellows! Welcome to the Family!

Bound for China & Hong Kong (from left to right): XIUNING: Kate Rosenberg (Ezra Stiles ’18), XIUNING: Gabi Scarpa (Benjamin Franklin ’18), NEW ASIA COLLEGE: Lily Engbith (Davenport ’17), LINGNAN: Brittany Smith (Berkeley ’18), NEW ASIA COLLEGE: Anne Zlatow (Benjamin Franklin ’18), LINGNAN: Eric Lin (Morse ’18), YALI: Nicole Sánchez Astupuma (Pauli Murray ’18) and YALI: Matt Coetzee (Ezra Stiles ’18).


The 2018-2020 Yale-China Fellows had a short orientation after graduation, then they will meet in August in Hong Kong for a longer session with current Fellows in the field, before heading to their sites.