About the Center

The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization enriches the debate about globalization on campus and promotes the flow of ideas between Yale and the policy world.

Since the Center’s inception in 2001, the YCSG team has remained consistent in pursuing its mission and in concentrating on the core issues of global development, financial globalization, multilateral trade, and the provision of key global public goods. Within the latter category, we give priority to issues of global coordination and cooperation including mitigation of climate change and global peace and security.

The Center’s strategy comprises four pillars. First, we focus on issues that are truly core to globalization.

Second, relying on a diversity of means – from brainstorming sessions among highly specialized thinkers to large multidisciplinary conferences, from public lectures and panels to hosting Distinguished Visiting Fellows, our Center serves at Yale as a catalyst for debate and cutting edge thought with a view to generate policy relevant proposals.

Third, in addition to our priority task of interacting with the Yale community, we seek actively to collaborate with a variety of institutions and individuals across the globe to leverage our own resources, reinforce the policy pertinence of our work and support Yale’s internationalization efforts.

And fourth, we endeavor to disseminate critical analysis and stir constructive debate within the academic and policy worlds through our publications – either generated directly from the YCSG or those to which we have contributed in international panels and task forces.

We keep as a central concern the challenge of inclusion in globalization, doing our best to support the formulation and dissemination of ideas on how to enable the world’s poorest and weakest peoples to participate in the benefits of global integration. Our efforts are motivated by a desire to understand globalization and the institutions and policies needed to enhance it as a force for good.


Ernesto Zedillo (biography)
Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics.

Eduardo Martinez Perez
Research Associate

Haynie Wheeler
Associate Director
Manager and Publications Editor of Conferences and Task Forces

Latha Swamy
Senior Advisor
Planetary Health and Universal Health Coverage


The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization is devoted to examining the impact of our increasingly integrated world on individuals, communities, and nations.

Globalization presents challenges and opportunities. The Center’s purpose is to support the creation and dissemination of ideas for seizing the opportunities and overcoming the challenges. It shall be particularly focused on practical policies to enable the world’s poorest and weakest citizens to share in the benefits brought by globalization. It will also explore solutions to problems that, even if they do not result directly from integration, are global in nature, and can therefore be effectively addressed only through international cooperation. The Center draws on the rich intellectual resources of the Yale community, scholars from other universities, and experts from around the world.

YCSG Publications

Global Harmonized Carbon Pricing:
Looking Beyond Paris

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, International Conference, May 27 and 28, 2015
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Africa at a Fork in the Road: Taking Off or Disappointment Once Again?
Ernesto Zedillo, Olivier Cattaneo, Haynie Wheeler, eds. New Haven: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization eBook, 2015.
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Latin America: Taking Off or Still Falling Behind? (Dedicated to the memory of Carlos F. Diaz-Alejandro)
Ernesto Zedillo, ed. New Haven: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization eBook, forthcoming 2015.

Rethinking the “War on Drugs” Through the US-Mexico Prism.
Ernesto Zedillo, Haynie Wheeler, eds. New Haven: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization eBook, 2012.
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Financial Globalization: Culprit, Survivor or Casualty of the Great Crisis?
Ernesto Zedillo, ed. New Haven: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization eBook, 2010.
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Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto
Ernesto Zedillo, ed. New Haven and Washington, D.C.: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and Brookings Institution Press, 2008.
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The Future of Globalization: Explorations in Light of Recent Turbulence
Ernesto Zedillo, ed. Oxford: Routledge Press, 2008.
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Reforming the United Nations for Peace and Security: Proceedings of a Workshop to Analyze the Report of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change
Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, New Haven, 2005.
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Publications and External Collaborations

The Center’s external collaborations have led to a range of international reports on each of the core issues and several volumes published in print and via e-books.

Natural Resource Governance Institute (2013 to present)
Web site

Global Commission on Drug Policy (2010 to present)
Web site
Report (pdf): Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work (2014)
Report (pdf): War on Drugs (2011)

Power Africa (2015 to present)
Senior Advisors Group, Tony Blair, Chair
Web site

Electoral Integrity Initiative (2015 to present)
Kofi Annan, Chair
Web site

Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security (2011 to 2012)
Web site
Report (pdf): Deepening Democracy: A Strategy for Improving the Integrity of Elections Worldwide

Geneva Report 2011 to 2012
Report (pdf): After the Fall: The Future of Global Cooperation

Natural Resource Charter (2009 to 2013)
Web site

Regional Migration Study Group (2011 to 2013)
Web site
Final Report: Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration and Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America (2013)

Global Development Network (2005–2011)
Web site

Global Trade and Financial Architecture (2008 to 2011)
Final Report, 2011 (pdf)

Developing Countries and the WTO Predicament
Chairman’s Statement, 2010 (pdf)

International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
Web site
Eliminating Nuclear Threats: A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers (2009)
Final report (pdf)
Synopsis (pdf)

High Level Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance
Final Report (pdf): Repowering the World Bank for the 21st Century (2009)

Commission on Drugs and Democracy in Latin America
Final Report (pdf): Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift (2009)

Commission on the Future of the IAEA
Final Report (pdf): Reinforcing the Global Nuclear Order for Peace and Prosperity (2008)

Commission on Growth and Development
Web site
Final Report: The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development (2008)

High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
Final Report (pdf): Making the Law Work for Everyone (2008)

Partnership for the Americas Commission
Web site
Final Report: Rethinking US-Latin American Relations: A Hemispheric Partnership for a Turbulent World (2008)

Global Leadership for Climate Action
Final Report: Framework for a Post-2012 Agreement on Climate Change (2007)

International Task Force on Global Public Goods
Web site
Final Report (pdf): Meeting Global Challenges: International Cooperation in the National Interest (2006)

Task Force on Trade, Millennium Development Project
Final Report: Trade for Development (2005)

Commission on the Private Sector and Development
Web site
Final Report (pdf): Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor (2004)

Distinguished Visting Fellows

Gro Harlem Brundtland (2015)
Prime Minister of Norway 1981, 1986–89, 1990–96; Director General of the WHO 1998–2003; Chair, World Commission on Environment and Development 1983–1987

James Wolfensohn (2012 to 2014)
President of The World Bank 1995–2005

Bo Ekman (2011)
Founder, Tallberg Foundation

Carmen Reinhart (2010)
Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System, JFK School, Harvard University

Daniel Yergin (2010)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Carl Dahlman (2010)
Henry R. Luce Professor of International Relations and Information Technology, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Fernando Henrique Cardoso (2009)
President of Brazil 1995–2003

William Cline (2007)
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Ricardo Lagos (2007)
President of Chile 2000–2006

Lord Mark Malloch Brown (2007)
Former United Nations Deputy General-Secretary; Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government
Written during Fellowship: The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Road to International Cooperation (2012)

Scott Barrett (2006)
Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia University
Written during Fellowship: Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods (2007)

Jonathan Schell (2005)
Written during Fellowship: The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger (2007)



William H. Draper, III

The Ford Foundation

Frederic Iseman,’74

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Whitney and Betty MacMillan

The Rockefeller Foundation

Santander Bank

2013–14 Advisory Committee

Bruce Ackerman
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science

Lea Brilmayer
Howard M. Holtzmann Professor of International Law

Susan Hyde
Associate Professor of Political Science

Susan Rose-Ackerman
Henry R. Luce Professor of Law and Political Science

Peter Schott
Professor, Yale School of Management and Economics

Aleh Tsyvinski
Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics