All Eyes on Biden’s Approach towards North Korea

By Hadley Kim On February 4th, 2021, President Biden outlined the blueprint for US foreign policy under his administration during his remarks on ‘America’s Place in the World’. In the speech, he laid out his plans to tackle international issues such as the military coup in Burma and China’s economic abuses in addition to commitments to strengthen existing alliances with the closest friends of the … Continue reading All Eyes on Biden’s Approach towards North Korea

Chinese Economic Assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa Takes A Wrong Turn

By Kezia Dickson Sub-Saharan Africa has greatly relied on the financial assistance from Western democracies to stimulate their economies. However, the economic dependence on the West is changing course as the region leans towards greater economic dependence on the East. This East encapsulates one country: China. China has been expanding its economic assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to research conducted by the Brookings Institute , … Continue reading Chinese Economic Assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa Takes A Wrong Turn

On Feminism in South Korea

By Hadley Kim A popular singer uploads a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that reads, “We Should All Be Feminists,” sparking a debate on social media on whether or not she is making a social statement in support of the feminist movement. Another takes a picture displaying her phone case with the words “Girls Can Do Anything,” leading to backlash from Korean netizens on … Continue reading On Feminism in South Korea

Why China Will Soon Have One of Its First Military Advantages over the United States

By Stanley Shapiro By every measure, the United States military is the most technologically advanced on the planet. Through the creation of fifth generation stealth fighter jets, nuclear powered aircraft carriers capable of launching fixed-wing aircraft, Ohio-class guided-missile submarines, and an array of other targeting systems and remote weapons capabilities, the US has firmly planted itself on top of the global military hierarchy, a supremacy … Continue reading Why China Will Soon Have One of Its First Military Advantages over the United States

Seventy Years after Annexation, the CCP Continues to Suppress the Tibetan People

By Kate Van Dusen While the cultural persecution of Tibetans by the Han majority government has long been an issue in Chinese society, in recent years the Chinese government’s efforts to stifle Tibetan traditions have moved past cultural suppression and begun to take an economic toll on those living in the region. Though the Chinese government has attempted to portray the practice of forced resettlement … Continue reading Seventy Years after Annexation, the CCP Continues to Suppress the Tibetan People

BREWING CHAOS

Kanishkh Kanodia During this epidemic, one of the most fundamental yet frequently overlooked questions policy-makers have had to confront  is drawing the line between ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ goods. Their decision determines what can and cannot be sold during lockdowns. The choice surrounding one commodity, in particular, has presented ethical and political quandaries: alcohol. While most nations have permitted the sale of liquor as essential goods … Continue reading BREWING CHAOS

THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN JAPAN: 60 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Quang Trinh In 2019 and for the majority of the years following World War II, Japan, as opposed to American allies in Western Europe or the Middle East, has hosted the largest concentration of American troops outside of the US border. This should not come as a surprise, since security lies at the cornerstone of U.S-Japan relations. Given Trump’s “America’s First” rhetoric, the continued maritime … Continue reading THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN JAPAN: 60 YEARS IN THE MAKING

REGIONAL COOPERATION IN SOUTH ASIA: A DREAM OR REALITY?

Kanishkh Kanodia On March 15th, citizens of eight South Asian nations witnessed a historic spectacle: their leaders came together through a virtual conference to formulate a regional strategy in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Initiated by the Prime Minister of India, this conference by SAARC—the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation—came at a time when the collective number of cases in the subcontinent had barely … Continue reading REGIONAL COOPERATION IN SOUTH ASIA: A DREAM OR REALITY?

ON CHINA’S RISING SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY

Jia Yu Amidst Tengger desert, an arid and inhospitable territory in China’s Inner Mongolia spanned by 36,700 km of yellow sand, there exists a vast, blue oasis. But to the disappointment of any weary travelers fooled by this mirage, they have stumbled upon not a body of water, but rather the Tengger Desert Solar Park. This Solar Park is an oasis of energy that spans … Continue reading ON CHINA’S RISING SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY